Outlook picks up bold, modern redesign on iPhone and iPad

Microsoft today is giving Outlook for iOS the overhaul that it promised earlier this year. The redesign brings Outlook on iOS up to par with its Android counterpart on the design front, introducing a bold blue header, along with visual feedback for gestures and much more.

This update also makes Outlook for iOS one of the first apps to introduce Microsoft's redesigned Office icons.

The most immediate change you'll notice when launching Outlook version 3.0 is the blue header that dominates the top of your inbox. Gone is the largely colorless interface of Outlook's previous incarnation, and in its place is a pop of color that "helps you easily find your way to Outlook while rapidly switching between monochromatic apps to quickly complete your task and get back to what matters," Microsoft says.

Additionally, Microsoft has introduced additional sensory feedback for when you use swipe gestures on emails from your inbox. "When you swipe right or left on an email, subtle changes in color, shape, and iconography unfold," Microsoft says. "The corners of the message transform from hard-edged to soft and round, metaphorically pulling that item away from the message list and sending it where you want it to go—with haptic feedback."

The calendar experience is also seeing a refresh. When scheduling a meeting, you can now slide your event around on the calendar to find a time that works for all attendees. You should also now be able to take action on events from Outlook, allowing you to do things such as check in to flights directly from the app.

The update will be rolling out to all iOS users over the coming weeks. And while Microsoft didn't make mention of it today, we've previously confirmed that a dark mode is in the works, so we should see movement on that front over the coming months as well.

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