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Dec062018

Microsoft Refreshes Outlook for iOS UI, Adds New Sensory Feedback, More

Microsoft is continued to make Outlook on iOS and Android faster with meticulously designing and tailoring the user experience.

Today, the company rolled out a newly designed Outlook mobile made up with three principles to help easily connect, organize, and get things done.

“Outlook for iOS,” is now upgraded with recognizable avatars, optimized swipe and scroll usability.

Outlook mobile will also be the first app to adopt the new icons that were launched last week in Office 365.

The company notes, Outlook mobile has “exceeded over 100 million iOS and Android devices,” and it’s “app store ratings are consistently above 4.5.”

Here are the details of new features:

In addition to refreshed interface design, Microsoft added a new “sensory feedback” for a resonant experience.

Just a swipe right or left on an email will not make subtle changes in color, shape, and iconography unfold.

Other delights that unfold within milliseconds include an animated calendar icon that fans forward or backward as a user scroll through agenda, or instant insights in the inbox by signaling a potential meeting conflict.

“The corners of the message transform from hard-edged to soft and round, metaphorically pulling that item away from the message list and sending it where you want it to go—with haptic feedback.”

Here is a GIF showing a swiping to archive an email in Outlook mobile:

Swipe to archive email in Outlook mobile for iOS

The most stand out feature is the bold color and typography in app’s header that will let quickly switch between Outlook and other monochromatic apps.

The experience will remain consistent across mobile email, search, calendar, and on a large screen.

The blue header, as usual, connects to inbox and calendar and reduces dynamically to maximize message list.

Here is an animation of swiping between Focused and Other in the Focused Inbox in Outlook:

Swipe betwenn Focus and other apps in Outlook mobile for iOS

The updated Focused Inbox toggle and message list filtering now provide more clarity to content and accounts.

For a single account, the app now uses an avatar to personalize, while multiple accounts and calendars are represented with new account icon.

Also, the contacts now have bright and bold avatars making it easier to recognize senders in a message, top contacts in search, and attendees in meeting invites.

In addition, simply sliding the options in the calendar will help quickly find the time and place to schedule an event. “All without typing a single letter.”

Here is a GIF animation showing adding brunch to a calendar:

Adding Calendar event by sliding in Outlook mobile for iOS

Watch this video to learn more about all the new features in Outlook mobile for iOS:

The refreshed Outlook for iOS will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

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