Use native Apple Notifications on macOS
Please get rid of the pop ups notifications and switch to the native macOS style notifications.
It makes no sense not to use native notifications.
As part of this, adding a notification badge to the Outlook icon in the app tray would be good. Teams already does this to show how many unread messages there are and I would like the same behavior for Outlook.
Rhys Lloyd commented
I am constantly missing meetings because I don't see the notification popup as it doesn't display when using apps in full screen.
Native notifications; and maybe a widget for the Notification Centre to help with upcoming reminders/events.
Also, native notifications allow native fine-tuned control by the end-users.
Same applies to Teams—the Teams notifications are infuriating.
I'm using my Mac with 3 screens, each time something pops up form the Outlook it hides the popup behind other other applications on a random screen. Extremely annoying and useless. Would be great if Outlook uses native notification system or at least pins its popup window to a user-define screen and always on top of other windows even if they are in a full screen mode.
Have less intrusive MacOS default-style calendar notifications instead of a window popping up.
Palmer, Shane D [ITSYS] commented
I would also like to see native notification support so that Outlook will adhere to the OS setting of hiding notifications when connected to a conference room display.
I will play devil's advocate though. I have dabbled with Apple's built-in calendar client, which uses native notifications, with Exchange/Office 365 and while it is nice I find it is too out-of-sight in the Notifications sidebar, compared to Outlook 2016/2019’s current Reminders window. However, Outlooks current Reminders window is constantly in-your-face. Also when it comes to having many reminders, Outlook’s Reminders window is far more compact.
For example, I often have about 10 or so old reminders for things I have put on my calendar that I haven't completed yet and I also have reminders I have added to email messages. I find that Outlook is way too aggressive displaying the Reminders window. Any time something touches the calendar, like an new meeting request arriving in my Inbox or making a change to an appointment on another Mac or via the Outlook web Interface (and then synced to my Mac), will cause it to display after hiding it which then brings forward ALL of your Outlook windows. Additionally, if I dismiss a reminder and hide the window it immediately pops back up two or three times in a row after repeatedly hiding it. Again, WAY too aggressive and VERY annoying!!
Personally, I preferred Outlook 2011's approach to reminders because it was a standalone application that read your calendar information from the database. It was far less aggressive and when it did pop up it didn't bring the whole Outlook interface with it every time a reminder was displayed. And since it was a standalone application it could be set to display on every Space in Mission control while the Outlook application could be assigned to a specific Space. Additionally, it had a menubar icon for quick access. However, Microsoft's reasoning for abandoning that approach was because of Apple's sandboxing requirements for the Mac App Store in that applications other than Outlook cannot access the Outlook database.
It would be preferable if Microsoft could somehow have a middle of the road approach between their current Reminders window and Apple’s notifications. It seems like if Microsoft can still have a tool like the Outlook Profile Manager (which is embedded inside of the Outlook application (/Applications/Microsoft Outlook.app/Contents/SharedSupport/) that is allowed to manipulate the database they could embed a separate Reminders application that could function more like Outlook 2011.
If Microsoft does support native OS notifications I would add that the existing Outlook reminders window should be supported in some form so people can choose which style the prefer.
John Welch commented
Agreed. This isn't teams.
Sean Rester commented
Using Outlook isn't even an option until this happens. I cannot miss reminders for meetings. I make constant use of multiple workspaces and since Outlook only pops up it's custom notification in the current workspace that's it in and not in the workspace I'm using, it's completely worthless to me. Why in gods name did outlook adopt notifications for email but not for reminders? This has been a problem for MANY years, please just fix it or enable an option so users can choose which way they like best.
Please yes. I prefer to use Web Outlook simply because I can get native notifications via the browser.
This is a pretty clear case of wheel-reinvention that can safely be excised.
YES!!! Very much needed.
And add a button on the notification to delete the mail, just like Apple Mail.
Jörg Neugebauer commented
Please make use of the native notification on MacOS for ALL your programs. The notification sent by microsoft programs are shown behind the native notifications and are impossible to read or click.