Outlook Is Planning to Launch Dark Mode

Dark modes are fairly widespread these days, both thanks to their eye-pleasing appearance however mostly because they help reduce battery usage on AMOLED displays. Therefore, to delight users and stay competitive on the market, many companies are working on developing a darker theme for their apps. Microsoft is one among them as it introduced it was designing one for OneNote back in April and is now doing the very same with its mobile email client.

Back in 2018, the firm confirmed Outlook would receive a dark mode on iOS and Android, without specifying when. Almost a year later, it seems we’re just about to get one, as Windows Central has received was it says are official renders picturing the app’s dark theme running on Android. The screenshots present the dark mode in extended to the mail, calendar, and search screens, whereas blue accents are retained throughout the UI.

Based on the site, the new theme might be turned on via the hamburger menu, or the Theme section within the app’s settings. There’s additionally an option to link it to Android’s battery saving mode and automatically switch between bright and dark modes, based on the one used throughout the system.

It is only natural for Outlook mobile to get a dark mode, as both desktop and web users already feature one. The theme preferences might also sync throughout platforms if Microsoft follows the identical approach is used when developing OneNote’s dark mode. Sadly, the corporate hasn’t formally confirmed the latter and has yet to announce an official availability date.