dark/night mode is essential
Nowadays a dark or night mode is a necessary feature IMO.
It is my greatest pleasure to share this piece of news with you: Dark Mode is here, on the new Outlook.com!
What is Dark Mode?
Dark Mode is a more-pleasant way to read your Outlook.com email if you prefer interfaces that are less bright or if you are in a low-light environment. Dark Mode is available on the new Outlook.com experience (formerly known as the Outlook.com Beta experience) only.
How do I turn it on?
To turn on Dark Mode, open the Quick Settings panel by selecting the Gear icon at the top of your screen. The option to enable Dark Mode is near the top of the panel, immediately under Theme selection. If your browser is unable to support Dark Mode, consider using Microsoft Edge.
Why is Dark Mode not a theme?
When we designed Dark Mode, we debated having it exist in Outlook.com as a theme. We quickly concluded that the way most people would expect themes to work and the way Dark Mode works were fundamentally different. Also, we imagine that there would be a dark experience for all available themes in the future, so having Dark Mode be a separate toggle would facilitate that. Plus, this is consistent with many other applications that have a dark mode.
Will Dark Mode support themes?
Dark Mode only supports the default blue theme right now.
Why does my reading pane have a dark background for email messages I receive?
One of the most crucial principles we had when designing Dark Mode was to minimize the amount of eye strain that people felt. Many email clients on the web today advertise a dark mode, but we learned from interviews with others and our own usage that having the reading pane be on-light while the rest of the interface was left on-dark often made the experience worse than if the full screen were left on-light.
For 2017’s Halloween Theme, we experimented with placing a light gray background in the reading pane. While that resulted in a decrease in eye strain, the design wasn’t ultimately one that we liked for various reasons. We iterated on this problem a couple more times before landing on the solution that you now see, where email messages that you receive are recolored in a secret way that preserves the readability of the original message and preserves the intent of the original sender.
How do I see the original formatting?
You can see any email message that you receive in the original formatting by using the “Turn on the lights” button.
Thank you so much for your patience and support. We hope you love this!
Everything is so blinding white, I cannot see where one panel starts and one finishes. Why is everything white still
Andrew Truckle commented
Some people need it dark because of eye conditions. And I use dark theme with Windows Blinds on my PC (Ansaro 10). I have been waiting for a very long time for proper colour theme support and really surprised it is not there as a basic feature.
The conversation view is not comfortabale - Please have the delete button in the set of buttons on the top rather than having to click ... to get to the delete option in conversation thread.
The color segregation between the message list and the preview pane is too mild. it should be more stark.
When we open a message, the left side folder view disappears.
the option to have mail, calendar, contacts etc as a vertical column on the left should be removed. We need more horizontal space
The list of messages should be single line rather than using double line. if they are single line then we can list out more messages in one go.
this BETA is horrible.
Very inconvenient to work
I have switched to the beta UI and then switched back. Now I'm not able to switch to the beta again because the switch-button is not visible any more.
Don Hoffhine commented
Outlook 2010 is much more visually pleasing with areas that are not so glaringly white. The beta screens are hard to look at and not visually pleasing, same with the Office 2016 version of Outlook, except there it's possible to turn on gray backgrounds. Those are less glaring, but still not the match of the "muted" effect of Outlook for Office 2010.
James Elmer commented
This idea would align well with the "Choose your default app mode ... Light ... Dark" setting in Windows 10. Also, it's available in gmail and I like it.
蔡澄宇 老師 commented
不好用 原本那個介面必較簡潔明瞭 我們花錢要有代價阿 還有桌面主題可選的內容太少 要改進!謝謝
Pete Potos commented
Consider making the messages themselves dark as well. A dark theme with white emails looks very painful
Joshua Borrowman commented
I absolutely agree with this sentiment. I don't know any technology power users who don't utilize dark/night mode on every system they utilize.
I would like to use my own Theme pictures like Gmail does.
No the beta is too cluttered and too white for my ocdness..
Kushagra Pathak commented
There should be an option to add a custom theme. Like upload your own background wallpaper and/or add your own custom solid color scheme.
ever since they made the change to this 'new and improved' outlook email system, it has always IRKED me that they chose this low contrast gui. white, slightly white-grey, slightly darker grey, it is horrible! and now, with this new beta, once again, just a bunch of low contrast garbage that makes it difficult on the eyes
Peter Cohen commented
Don't like any of the new color palette options, not super sophisticated or aesthetically pleasing.
Mahdi Alamili commented
I totally agree with. There should be an option for change the background color for Eye-Friendly Contrast. Other mail platforms have been offering this option for many years.
The Background is too bright ,=strains the eyes. A mid grey would be good, but not to dark like windows mail.
Jim Lewis commented
I agree. White background burns battery. Can be ******* eyes, particularly if you're in a dark environment. A toggle that allows you to momentarily toggle the reading pane or whatever to a white background for picture viewing or whatever would be a good compromise but much of using a mail client is JUST TEXT READING and not picture viewing (although maybe Microsoft would like any glorious ads to come through in the color they were designed to sell you something? - another reason for no dark theme?!)
This seems like a small thing but I need the little happy things for work to make my day a little brighter and it seemed like my theme bar got smaller and my colors changed.
Elder Dallin Perkins commented
This update is really good, I just think it would be better if we could add our own custom themes for ourselves. This is just in case some people might not like the current options for a current theme.
Maria Mannen commented
for people with light sensitive eyes it is very bright