Design refresh will simplify Outlook on Windows and Mac

Microsoft is working to simplify its desktop Outlook apps with a refreshed design. As recently shown off in a session at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is looking to simplify Outlook with a focus on "a cleaner, more modern way to do email." (via MSPU

As part of that redesign, Outlook is borrowing some of the design DNA from its mobile counterparts on Android and iOS. That's in large part due to the redesigned sidebar, which gives quick access to different accounts and folders. The app will also feature a simplified ribbon, which can be customized with your own preferred default buttons.

Microsoft also says that Outlook on Mac will receive a bit of extra attention to make searching and creating Calendar appointments faster and more reliable. The goal is to create an experience that feels "authentically Mac," Microsoft says.

There's no word from Microsoft on when to expect the updated Outlook. That said, Microsoft did announce Office 2019 at Ignite, noting that it will arrive in mid-2018. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to expect the Outlook revamp to arrive alongside the latest Office release.

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