Microsoft’s Outlook for Mac is getting a new design and huge performance improvements. Apart from these innovations, the Outlook app for Mac is bringing its sync technology that’s used on Outlook for iOS and Android and Windows Mail to Outlook for Mac to its beta testers. This means that thanks to Microsoft’s cloud services, Outlook.com, Office 365, and even Google accounts will sync much faster.
Apparently, Microsoft has decided to tweak the whole design of Outlook for Mac, adding many features that have been available on the web and mobile versions of Outlook. In addition, the company has improved reading and writing emails with single line views, a new mail compose UI, and even features like the ability to ignore emails. Collapsible panels have also been added, so users can customize the main view of their mail and tweak the toolbar accordingly.
Apart from the above-mentioned changes, the Outlook users will notice that the ribbon looks like it has disappeared in Outlook for Mac.
“Following the same design principles as the Office 365 user experience updates announced last year, the ribbon was updated in the new Outlook for Mac to be fully customizable,” explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.
“In Mac environment, we refer to it as a toolbar – at this time, there are no plans to announce updates to the ribbon elsewhere on Office for Mac.”
Microsoft has also added a new “My Day” view of users’ daily calendar next to the main mail screen. Additionally, the company has moved the search bar to the top of Outlook for Mac, and integrated Microsoft Search into the results. This means that search results should be faster and more relevant, and the search itself could be fully customized with new filters.
Considering all these changes, it appears that Microsoft has taken into account a lot of the improvements that Mac owners have been asking for. They will be able to try the new Outlook for Mac in the Fast Ring this week by toggling “New Outlook” in the top right-hand corner, while Microsoft is planning even more changes in the next months.
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