Microsoft’s Fluent Design system is rolling out to the native Windows apps for Outlook Mail and Calendar. The updates were previously released to insiders, adding considerably more blur, the reveal highlight animation, and removing the Window borders for a new, borderless user interface. The changes are small, but they add up to a more refined looking user-interface.
Microsoft this year debuted a new design system known as Fluent. Much like Material Design and Metro, this is an entirely new design system and set of principles meant to make interacting with software built by Microsoft and for Microsoft’s platforms, easier to use and prettier. It may not always be the densest, nor the most efficient interface, but it won’t make your eyes bleed, and you won’t hate using it.
Microsoft has already rolled aspects of this design language out to several areas of the Windows interface, including Microsoft Edge, OneNote, the Start Menu — among other apps.
- Mail and Calendar have a refreshing new visual design and background photo.
- Choose from hundreds of new colours to brighten up your calendars.
Microsoft’s Outlook Mail and Calendar apps are available here.