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Tech & Science Outlook: New design and new features on macOS now available

19:00  14 october  2020
19:00  14 october  2020 Source:   drwindows.de

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Not quite a year ago there was the message (we reported ) that there should be a completely new design and many new features for Outlook under macOS. Shortly afterwards, the Office Insiders were able to test this in the Fast Ring. After that it became very quiet about the update and there was no release date.

As of today the update is finally available. However, this will be rolled out in waves, which may mean that you cannot see the update for the time being - even if the current update is installed. The completely redesigned design can be activated with a switch. So if you don't like the new design, you can continue to use the old display and don't even have to do without the new features (at least those that sit under the hood).

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The aim of the new design is to achieve a perfect mix of the well-known Outlook feeling and the new macOS Big Sure. In my opinion, the developers and designers succeeded in doing this. The new macOS update (which is about to be released) is characterized by rounded corners in the buttons and a touch of fluent design. This is now also reflected in the Outlook update.

The search in the title bar is also new. It has been looking very similar in the Windows version for a long time. So this also fits very well into the picture of “One Outlook”, which Martin reported on yesterday. When searching, the results are now displayed faster thanks to the new "Microsoft Sync Technology". This technology is already being used in Outlook for iOS, Android and Mail app and ensures faster synchronization of Office 365, Outlook.com and Gmail. There are also new filters in the search that can be used to fully customize the search. The search field also supports natural language and thus does the filtering.

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Outlook für macOS im neuen Design © Provided by Dr. Windows Outlook for macOS in the new design The message list can also be adapted. For example, the distance between the individual emails can now be increased significantly. Even the toolbar can be customized using drag & drop. The most important quick accesses or installed add-ins can then be added there. The “My Day” view of the daily calendar next to the main mail screen is also new. This provides a quick overview of the upcoming appointments without having to leave the mailbox. You can also select the calendar to be displayed and interact with an appointment directly in the view, e.g. Attend or reply to a meeting.

Outlook für macOS - neue Kalenderansicht © Provided by Dr. Windows Outlook for macOS - new calendar view For calendar planning, several calendars can now be dragged over a calendar grid to make it easier to find a free time window for the new appointment. There is also a switch for team meetings, which then intelligently suggests times for seamless coordination with other participants. If the meeting is scheduled, documents that may be relevant can also be displayed in the meeting details.

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There is also a nice dark mode:

Outlook für macOS im dunklen Farbschema © Provided by Dr. Windows Outlook for macOS in the dark color scheme Outlook for macOS currently supports Office 365, Outlook.com and Google accounts. iCloud and IMAP support will follow shortly. Additional features such as S / MIME, ICS support and Favorite People have already been announced and should be available in the next few months.

If you have installed

Outlook via the App Store , you can also download and install the corresponding update there. If you have installed the entire Office package using a (.dmg) installation file, you must install the update using "Microsoft AutoUpdate". In the forum I have already created an manual , which should help you with questions about it.

Microsoft Outlook (Free +, Mac App Store) →

Have you already opened the new design? Let us know and leave a comment.

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