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!
Itunes and Office have gone down this road before as well. If you make everything white, colourless and border less it looks ugly and unorganised.
Basically it would be some idea to do so - but think about HTML-mails. If you receive some newsletter, which are designed for white backgrounds of mail clients, they would look awful in a black environment.
You still can't distinguish text filds from input fields.
You can't distinguish labels from buttons.
Everything is a white mess.
You have to click and try everywhere only to find out what space is white background, what space is an input filed, what is a button.
Many peope in our company don't find basically needed functions because they are completely hidden.
Why don't you design buttons like buttons so you can see them? Why don't you show input fields in a different color, so you can see them instead of camouflage them in background color?
We have just changed to Office 365 and our employees have much trouble to find even the basic components they need.
Would like to be able to choose Dark Theme for Outlook Beta. Saving power for phone and tablets is benefit of using a dark theme.
I realize I can paint the O365 banner black, but I want a truly dark theme, including on the reading pane.
I think you guys should create some new, colorful, and amazing backgrounds to the new version of Outlook to compliment the cool backgrounds that are already available.