Not long ago, Microsoft announced it would be bringing an updated look to its Outlook app for Android, killing Sunrise in the process. While iPhone users got the updated redesign almost immediately, Android users had to wait a little. Today, Outlook 2.0.0 is finally available to download with some refreshed user interface design and a couple of new features. You can download the app directly from APK Mirror, or wait for it to hit the Play Store officially (it shouldn’t be too long until the update hits).
The overall premise of the app has remained the same, but there are a number small design changes. Like 1.3.2, you can arrange your email by priority so that ‘Focussed’ important email goes to one inbox, while less important (read Spam) email goes to ‘other’. Notification settings allow you to customize which accounts can alert you, and whether you get alerts for all messages, or just the focussed inbox. The main difference here is that the top bar has been changed so that there’s no more white/grey, it’s now all blue and ‘Quick Filters’ has been replaced by ‘Filters’. What’s more, the floating ‘+’ button has been replaced by a pen, to action a new message.
Similar changes have taken place across the entire app, including the calendar view. The crisp and clean white theme side-menu and toolbars are swapped out in favor of the same blue background and white icons/text. If I’m completely honest, I think I prefer the old design’s professional look. Still, Outlook has decided it was time for a change, and so a change we have.
Switching specific calendars on or off is just as easy as before, and you can view your calendar as a month view, or read upcoming days and events as a simple list. There’s a clear resemblance to Sunrise here, although there are a couple of features still missing, like social media account support and automatic weather forecasts.
Perhaps the place you’ll notice the biggest difference is when you first set up your accounts. Email accounts and cloud storage accounts have been split into two separate pages onscreen, and show on a plain white background with minimalist icons. In the previous version, all accounts could be added on the same screen, and were on a screen featuring a colorful, blurry background and large square account icons.
There’s some Material-design improvements here too. When customizing what you’d like a specific swipe to do in your inbox, you no longer get a full screen menu of options, now you get a pop-up card in Android’s typical grey and teal theme.
Likewise, the list of contacts has been changed to look more like the standard Android contacts list, while the file management as been altered to arrange in a long list by date, apart from Dropbox, which organizes itself by name as default.
As an overall update, it’s neither here nor there really. There’s some Material-designifying of the app’s look to make it feel more native to Android, but not much that changes how you use the app with any real shift in direction. Hopefully, as Sunrise features are gradually added, the app will become the ultimate calendar and email app for everyone.