Microsoft has announced important new updates for its Outlook for Mac application. The application gets a brand new design, with a new toolbar replacing the previous ribbon. The user interfaces for reading and writing emails as well as the calendar design are also updated. The app also benefits from performance improvements due to its synchronization speed and features, as well as Outlook on iOS and Android.
Microsoft Office for Mac applications have been criticized for their performance issues, and Outlook is one of the slowest applications in the suite. The company aims to address these issues by incorporating Outlook Mobile Sync technology and Windows Mail on Windows 10 into Outlook for Mac. This should allow faster e-mail and calendar synchronization for Office 365, Outlook.com, and even Google Accounts.
In the screenshots published by The Verge, the new design is beautiful. To the right of Mail, a new “My Day” calendar is displayed. Users can customize this to display other panels. Outlook for Mac also benefits from new messaging and calendar user interfaces. The e-mail creation interface and calendar items context menus have been redesigned.
The Ribbon is replaced with a simple toolbar that looks much cleaner and more appealing to the eye. On MacOS, the result is much better than the Ribbon. The toolbar can be customized to display context-sensitive options, depending on where you are in Outlook. A new, larger research field is centered on the application. The search is now more powerful and supports new filters.
The preview will be released later this week for Outlook Insiders for Mac Fast Ring. You can go to Help> Check for updates> Advanced and change the update channel to Insider Fast. The application is updated to reflect the change.
Mac has a thriving ecosystem of messaging applications. Applications like Apple Mail, Spark, Newton Mail, AirMail, Canary Mail, and many more are now being used by users. It will be interesting to see if the new Outlook for Mac can convince users to change the software.
We will discuss the application in more detail as soon as the update is available to the public this week.
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