Dark modes are quite popular these days, thanks to their pleasing appearance, but mostly because they help reduce the battery consumption of AMOLED displays. Therefore, to delight consumers and stay competitive in the marketplace, many companies are working to develop a darker theme for their applications. Microsoft has been one of them since announcing that it designed OneNote in April and is now doing the same with its mobile email client.
As early as 2018, the company confirmed that Outlook would receive dark mode on iOS and Android without specifying when. Almost a year later, it looks like we're about to get one, as Windows Central has received, according to him, official renders depicting the dark theme of the Android application. Screenshots show that the mode expands to the mail, calendar, and search screens, while blue accents persist throughout the user interface.
According to the site, the new theme can be included through the hamburger menu or the Theme section in the application settings. There is also an option to pair it with Android battery saver mode and automatically switch between bright and dark modes based on the system-wide usage.
It is natural that Outlook mobile receives a dark mode, both on the desktop and on the web. customers already have one. Theme preferences can also be synchronized across platforms if Microsoft follows the same approach it used to develop OneNote's dark mode. Unfortunately, the company has not officially confirmed the latter and has not yet announced an official availability date. We'll keep you posted as we learn more about the release date of the feature, which will likely be available first to Insiders.
As part of a redesign of the Office interface, Microsoft has formalized a new dark mode for its messaging application. The latter is available today and can be turned on automatically if you use a night theme on your phone.
Microsoft mentions that it will extend dark mode deployment to Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner and To-Do on mobile devices.
- Vincent van Welzen