Outlook for Windows 10 Mobile gets new button layout, updated design

Today, Microsoft is rolling out an update for their Outlook email app for Windows 10 Mobile (Technical Preview).

Email and Calendar version 17.4119.42012 is now being pushed to phones running Windows 10 build 10080 and with it arrives a few design changes that Microsoft had recently promised.

First and foremost is the shift from buttons at the top of the screen to a quick-action ribbon at the bottom. The ribbon features access to calendar, new mail, search, sync, and select. The ribbon is iconic based but tapping the ellipsis to the right brings up their labels for easier identification.

Heading into an email the quick-action ribbon stays at the bottom, but the functions change. Instead, users now have the ease of access to move, unread/read toggle and flag by tapping the ellipsis button. There are also buttons for calendar, forward/backward, forwarding and deletion.

Diving into settings and options, users can find a refined layout with new toggles for Swipe actions, Reading (auto open), when to mark an item as read, signature and Notification selections.

We would also be remiss to mention that it does, ahem, seem faster (and more stable).

Although the first release of Outlook for Mobile was a bit rough, clearly the app is coming along with these updates. Outlook is finally starting to feel like a true replacement for the current Windows Phone 8.1 app.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.