Microsoft Outlook for Mac Redesign Bringing New Features and Performance Improvements

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Microsoft has revealed its plans to bring a new design to its Outlook for Mac app along with several performance improvements (via The Verge).


Account syncing optimizations are promised as Outlook will adopt the same cloud sync technology that's used in Outlook for iOS and Android, which should mean Office 365, Outlook.com, and Google accounts sync faster.

Design-wise, users can expect a bundle of new features they may already be familiar with from using the web and mobile versions of Outlook. They include single line email views, a new mail compose interface, the ability to ignore emails, and collapsible panels in the main view.

Regular users will also notice that the ribbon has gone from Outlook for Mac. Microsoft explained its removal to The Verge in the following terms:

"Following the same design principles as the Office 365 user experience updates announced last year, the ribbon was updated in the new Outlook for Mac to be fully customizable. In Mac environment, we refer to it as a toolbar – at this time, there are no plans to announce updates to the ribbon elsewhere on Office for Mac."

Meanwhile, Microsoft is integrating Microsoft Search into the Outlook search bar, which will now live at the top of the Outlook window and hopefully provide quicker and more relevant results. There's also a new My Day view being added to the calendar in the main mail screen.

The new-look Outlook for Mac is available this week to beta testers in signed up to the Insider Fast builds. Simply toggle the "New Outlook" in the top right-hand corner of the app window. Microsoft says it has more updates in the works that should arrive over the coming months.

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9 months ago
I use outlook for work and let me say- it is garbage. Searching for emails with words and phrases that are in the email doesn’t show those emails. It also unexpectedly quits all the time on me. I’ve upgraded each time it says there’s an upgrade available but nothing seems to change.


I mean, there’s no excuse for how bad the search function is. “Search” has been around almost since the beginning of the internet.
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9 months ago
Has anyone on Insider Fast ring actually gotten this release yet? If so, what's the version number? I am currently on 16.32 that was installed this morning, but I don't see any option to turn this new view on.

Thanks
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9 months ago
Still better than Apple Mail
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9 months ago


Regular users will also notice that the ribbon has gone from Outlook for Mac.

THANK GOODNESS.

Outlook for Mac isn’t even that old, but it has been utterly terrible since day one and is unacceptably broken. Poor performance, regular crashes, broken search, feature incomplete. It’s a disaster. The ribbon is the least of its problems!
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9 months ago
Yeah, but will support Apple iCloud calendar (CalDAV) and contact (CardDAV) synchronization? If it doesn't, it's totally useless.
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9 months ago


The current Outlook for Mac is ok, but a more streamlined UI is the correct approach. Faster synchronisation is also required so it's so s-l-o-w.

The Outlook iOS app is a bloated atrocity, so they need to completely start again with the app.

I find outlook for iOS the only app that is not bloated. The Mac version on the other hand is a mess with a confusing interface and so many missing features.

glad to see the departure of the ribbon. Let’s hope they remove it from all office apps.
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