Microsoft is working on major changes to the Outlook UI for Mac and Windows

In a major design overhaul of Outlook for Mac and Windows, Microsoft is reportedly working to bring changes to simplify the user interface (UI) on both systems, a report said on 16 October.

The Microsoft logo. Reuters.

The Microsoft logo. Reuters

"The company released teasers for the new design during an 'Ignite' conference session in September. A lot of the changes look very similar to the Outlook for iOS app, with a single-line ribbon and a smaller set of default commands," The Verge reported on 16 October.

"Reducing complexity is one of the key aims of the redesign, to make it easier for new and existing Outlook users to navigate the email app," the report added.

The overhaul would offer a new customisable ribbon that will let the users control which buttons are available and they can customise the email interface to common task.

Meanwhile, the left navigation panel will include easy access to folders across multiple accounts. Earlier, the tech giant admitted that 'MacBooks are popular amongst key influencers' and that Microsoft "needs to win these users by delivering the best Outlook has to offer".

Microsoft has begun testing internal versions for both Mac and Windows platforms. However, it is not known when this design will be available for users.

Most of these design and feature changes are likely to be first made available to Office 365 subscribers and then, introduced in Office 2019 updates.


Published Date: Oct 16, 2017 08:00 pm | Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017 08:00 pm