Last year the software technology giant Microsoft introduced the dark mode theme for Outlook.com. And now the company has announced that it will bring the dark mode feature on Outlook for iOS and Android, as well as Office.com. Dark mode themes reduce eye strain and improve battery life. After the launch of iOS 13, the software company will roll out the new feature to Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner and To-Do on mobile.
In its official blog post announcing the launch of Dark mode on Outlook for iOS and Android, Microsoft explained that for iOS, Outlook will automatically switch to Dark Mode depending on the preference while Outlook for Android automatically switches to Dark Mode when you choose Battery Saver. Dark Mode will also save battery life when the user is traveling or on the go for long stretches of time. It will be best suited for viewing email, calendars or files in places where the default white mode may be less suitable, like darkened airplanes, movie theaters or in bed at night.
“Our design research specifically focused on these contexts where folks would want to use Dark Mode, and the response was very positive. While some Dark Mode experiences can be neon or overly bright, people felt that Outlook mobile kept the kind of relaxed feeling you might want in a dimly lit living room or bedroom. They described the experience as comfortable, crisp, clear, and aesthetically pleasing, a nod to how Dark Mode can reduce eye strain.” said the blog post.
Microsoft first brought a darker UI theme to desktop apps in Office 2010. The company further explained that “using the new gray palette for Fluent, our app teams began by aligning to the single palette. This included increasing contrast, brand color saturation, and consistency among details like how and when we use shadows when in Dark Mode.”
In the future, the company is also planning to bring Dark Mode to even more of the Microsoft 365 product suite. Dark Mode comes to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for mobile with the launch of iOS 13, as well as iPad. Along with this, the company will also bring Dark Mode to SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Planner, and To-Do on mobile.
“There will be more experiences to follow — Dark Mode for all Outlook clients, Planner and OneDrive on the web are coming down the pipe — so stay tuned for those rollout dates.”
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