Dark Mode casts its shadow over Microsoft 365 on iPhone and iPad

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Dark Mode on Microsoft apps
Dark Mode is on the way to a swath of Microsoft software for iOS and iPadOS.
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Microsoft just brought Dark Mode to Outlook for iOS. And this is just the start of giving many more applications in the Microsoft 365 product suite this feature, which puts white text on a black background.

“Whether you want to reduce eye strain, improve battery life, or it just has aesthetic appeal, Dark Mode exemplifies our ability to craft simple and powerful Microsoft 365 experiences that give you choice and flexibility,” said Jon Friedman, head of Microsoft Office design.

Dark Mode here, there and — eventually — everywhere

Many apps and even macOS already offer a white-on-black mode, and lots of users prefer it, especially when working in dark rooms or at night.

Microsoft’s first step is Outlook, but the company promises that the darkness is also coming to the iPhone and iPad versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner and To-Do. However, these will require the launch of iOS 13, expected next month.

Dark Mode is one of the highlights of the next operating system upgrade for iPhone, and the M365 applications will be able to switch to it automatically when scheduled.

“People often think of Dark Mode as a choice between a black or white screen, but this feature involves a wide spectrum of both grayscale and color gradients,” said Friedman. “It’s an apt metaphor for why we love Dark Mode: human needs unfold across an equally broad spectrum.”

The company showed of how some of its updated applications will look on Apple phones and tablets in an artsy video:

This feature is also now available on Office.com.

Source: Microsoft Medium