Microsoft is bringing the Dark Mode feature to Microsoft 365 suite, which will reduce eye strain and improve the battery life for mobile devices.
The tech giant had first brought the darker user interface to desktop applications in Office 2010 suite. Customers liked the dark theme and requested the same in Microsoft 365 apps.
Microsoft 365 apps are used for several tasks, from work communication to personal events. Users often use these apps to view emails, calendar, or files. Sometimes, the default white mode might be less suitable for these apps, for instance, in darkened aeroplanes, movie theatres, or in bed at night.
The Dark Mode can make the experience for users comfortable, crisp, clear, and pleasing while reducing the eye strain. Additionally, it can save battery life which can be important for the uses travelling or using the app on the go.
“We’re building in capabilities so following the next round of OS releases on iOS and Android, Outlook will automatically switch to Dark Mode depending on the preference you set. In the meantime, Outlook for Android automatically switches to Dark Mode when you choose Battery Saver. These perks all hold true for Dark Mode on Office.com,” explained Jon Friedman, Head of Microsoft Office design, in a blog post.
To design the new theme, the designers at Microsoft used the gray palette for Fluent, and increased contrast, brand color saturation, and consistency to see how the shadows work in Dark Mode.
Microsoft has begun the initial rollout of Dark Mode on Outlook for iOS and Android, and Office.com. With the arrival of iOS 13, it will also be available in Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, and To-Do on mobile.