MS Office apps for iOS will be upgraded with Dark Mode

Microsoft 3D LogoI’m happy with Office 365. I use office apps on Mac, iPad Pro and iPhone, though Office’s 365 iPhone version I only use as a viewer – it’s hard to create documents on small iPhone’s 6s display. Office 365 apps support a lot of the latest iOS technologies, like drag-n-drop, Files app integration and full support for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. I’m an user, which values support for the latest technology. And Microsoft announced, that iOS versions of Office 365 apps will support Dark Mode.

Since now, Microsoft is rolling out Dark Mode to Outlook for iOS, Android, and Office.com. By release of iOS 13 / iPadOS 13, Microsoft will expand Dark Mode to the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner and To-Do.

Of course, there are already many apps on the App Store, which already support Dark Mode, but Dark Mode in such apps won’t be changed automatically based on Dark/Light theme of your iOS 13 / iPadOS 13 device settings, you have to switch between modes manually, but since iOS 13 / iPadOS 13, developers can integrate automatic switching between Light and Dark Mode based on device’s settings. If you want to test automatic switching based on system settings now, you have to install beta version of iOS 13 / iPadOS 13 and ask developer of your chosen app for betatest of automatic modes switching via TestFlight.

Microsoft said:

“Our design research specifically focused on these contexts where folks would want to use Dark Mode, and the response was very positive. While some Dark Mode experiences can be neon or overly bright, people felt that Outlook mobile kept the kind of relaxed feeling you might want in a dimly lit living room or bedroom.”

Dark Mode of Outlook should be already available, the rest of the apps should get Dark Mode update after launching final version of iOS 13 / iPadOS 13.

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