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Microsoft open sources dark mode solution used in Outlook for iOS

Outlook and Edge on iOS
Outlook and Edge on iOS (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft open sourced its Outlook for iOS dark mode solution with developers.
  • The solution is available on Github.
  • The solution allows developers to create dynamic colors within an app easily and to create a dark mode.

Microsoft open sourced its solution for supporting dark mode for Outlook on iOS today. The solution gives developers an easy way to create dynamic colors and create a dark mode for their apps. The solution works with iOS 11 and up and can be found on Github. The solution works for apps developed with Swift 5 or later in Xcode 11 or later.

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Microsoft recently went all-in on the dark mode train, releasing dark modes for Microsoft To Do, the Office suite, and OneDrive. Dark mode for Outlook on iOS shipped just before iOS 13 came out. Now, developers can use the same solution Microsoft used for Outlook within their own iOS apps.

OnMSFT points out that Microsoft's dark mode solution involves an API that doesn't require a lot of code changes. It also allows the dark mode to apply without requiring a person to restart an app.

This is just the latest example of Microsoft open sourcing code. Microsoft continues to show its newer, more open, nature regarding coding.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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