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Microsoft Outlook finally launches ‘Dark Mode’ inverted colour scheme following user pressure

After much deliberation, Microsoft has finally bit the bullet and recently launched its new ‘Dark Mode’ feature for Microsoft Outlook, following heavy pressure from its users.

The new feature will invert the colour scheme which makes the background black with the text picked out in white. This will help to reduce the strain on your eyes and to enable users to continue using the app whilst in low-light conditions. This new feature launch follows decisions taken by Twitter & Gmail to do the same.

Currently, this new feature is only available on the web app and the beta version where the feature can easily be switched on and off at the top of the inbox. If you wish to use it for individual emails you can do so by clicking a button at the top of an email which is called ‘turn on the lights’.

The release of this news came from an administrator in Microsoft’s Outlook feedback forum, who directly responded to a highly popular user request for this feature to be added by Microsoft and went on to explain why ‘Dark Mode’ is not a theme.

'When we designed Dark Mode, we debated having it exist in as a theme,' the post read. '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.'

At this stage, Microsoft has not confirmed when this feature is likely to be rolled out to the desktop and mobile versions of Microsoft Outlook.

If you are looking to take advantage of the new ‘Dark Mode’ feature or need some assistance on how to get the most out of your Office 365 subscription or require additional IT support then get in touch with our IT experts today who can discuss your individual requirements.

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