We’re thrilled to announce that Microsoft’s newest desktop model of its standard e mail consumer—Outlook 2019—is now out there for testing in Litmus E-mail Previews.
Microsoft Outlook is comprised of a number of variations of the e-mail consumer. Collectively, these shoppers rank #four in e mail consumer market share, with 9% of all e mail subscribers opening their emails in some model of Outlook. The newest model, Outlook 2019, is an replace to the desktop version that’s bundled with Microsoft Workplace. Though Outlook 2019 is a brand new launch, it ought to be famous that it largely implements a few of the options which have been in use in Workplace 365 subscriptions.
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The excellent news for e mail entrepreneurs is that Outlook 2019 doesn’t include any main surprises. The most important rendering adjustments are literally nice for e mail entrepreneurs. We’ll let Rebecca Lawler, Program Supervisor on the Outlook Shopper crew at Microsoft, sum issues up:
This month, we’re completely satisfied to carry enhancements to Outlook 2019 that profit each finish customers and the e-mail advertising and marketing group, like higher fallbacks when utilizing internet fonts and SVG help.
Rebecca Lawler, Outlook Shopper Program Manger
Right here’s what we discovered whereas wanting on the newest model of Microsoft Outlook.
On the subject of the inbox, the message view of Outlook 2019 is similar to earlier variations.
Emojis are displayed in topic traces, however use Microsoft’s proprietary icons, that are blue, outlined illustrations versus the wealthy, full-color emojis most of us are acquainted with. Preview textual content is supported, which permits e mail entrepreneurs to offer extra context for subscribers and get the all-important e mail open. And whereas the size of topic traces, preview textual content, and the e-mail preview pane itself are variable relying on the width of the gadget display, you may plan for round 20-30 characters to your preliminary inbox message.
Essentially the most notable options for e mail entrepreneurs are the Centered Inbox and Learn Aloud, each of which have been out there in different variations of Outlook, however are new to Outlook 2019 desktop.
A Extra Organized Inbox Expertise with Centered Inbox
Centered Inbox—which has been out there for Workplace 365 customers—offers computerized sorting of messages, filtering out much less essential ones into their very own folder within the inbox. Centered Inbox extremely favors private messages or messages from senders subscribers have beforehand interacted with.
Though Centered Inbox can initially be scary, e mail entrepreneurs shouldn’t fear an excessive amount of. Similar to with Gmail’s Promo Tab, getting disregarded of Centered Inbox isn’t the identical factor as being marked as spam. It’s only a helpful approach for customers to keep up their concentrate on particular emails.
Improved Accessibility with Learn Aloud
Learn Aloud is a function that does precisely that: It reads textual content from an e mail out loud to the consumer. It depends on Microsoft’s built-in text-to-speech (TTS) engine and could be enabled through a button in Outlook’s software ribbon.
Once more, this function has been out there for Workplace 365 customers, however may see wider use with Outlook 2019 adoption. In case you’re not already, try to be utilizing semantic markup and including the function=”presentation” attribute to your HTML tables, each of which can assist options like Learn Aloud perceive and browse the content material of your emails. It’s options like Learn Aloud that ought to be driving you to hold your emails accessible.
HTML and CSS Assist
The rendering of HTML and CSS in Outlook 2019 stays largely unchanged. Though it nonetheless depends on Microsoft Phrase to render HTML emails, many of the bugs and strategies required to take care of Phrase’s rendering are identified and well-documented. At this level, e mail entrepreneurs ought to be acquainted with and capable of take care of any main issues Outlook throws their approach.
*For unknown senders **Utilizing VML ***On some parts
CSS types are supported each embedded or inline on parts and builders can goal parts any approach they need, whether or not it’s utilizing attribute selectors, courses, or IDs.
Though the dearth of media queries, animated GIFs, HTML5 video, internet fonts, and extra superior CSS—like interactivity and animations—is unlucky, it shouldn’t be a shock to anybody within the e mail world. The identical goes for pictures being disabled by default for unknown senders and the dearth of styled various textual content help (though ALT textual content is supported).
Instances New Roman No Longer Outlook’s Default Fallback Font
One fantastic replace is a repair for the Instances New Roman internet font drawback. In earlier variations, Outlook would default to Instances New Roman, irrespective of which fallback font you had in place. A real nightmare for designers with a coronary heart for typography.
A win for e mail geeks and lovers of typography: Outlook 2019 now not defaults to Instances New Roman as a
In Outlook 2019, you now not want particular hacks to maintain your fallback fonts on model. Internet fonts correctly show fallback fonts within the CSS font stack as a substitute of defaulting to Instances New Roman. Whereas builders ought to nonetheless embrace fixes for customers of older Outlook variations, less-savvy e mail entrepreneurs who don’t implement a code-based resolution to the issue will begin seeing nicer-looking emails in Outlook 2019.
New in Outlook 2019: SVG Assist
SVG, Scalable Vector Graphics, is a picture format for vector graphics. In contrast to JPG, PNG, and GIF format pictures, SVG pictures are simply plain textual content paperwork that describe the traces, shapes, and colours that make up the picture.
Designers like SVGs as a result of they’re decision unbiased. They appear sharp on any display, whereas on the identical time preserving file sizes low. In principle, that may make it an awesome picture file format for e mail. Nonetheless, help has historically been restricted to Apple Mail and iOS Mail. With Outlook 2019, one other key e mail consumer provides help for SVG, making it a extra viable choice for high-quality pictures in e mail, whereas preserving file sizes and loading instances low.
Making Outlook Higher With the Litmus-Microsoft Partnership—and Your Assist
Everyone knows that complicated merchandise at massive firms can’t change in a single day, however we’re thrilled to see Microsoft proceed to make enhancements to Outlook. Past the newest fixes to internet font fallbacks and SVG help in Outlook 2019, they’ve fastened media question help for Outlook cell apps, added help for background pictures on Outlook.com, and even added animated GIF help on Home windows 10 Mail—an extended requested function. These fixes are a direct results of suggestions from the e-mail group as a part of the partnership between Litmus and Microsoft.
Extra enhancements are coming, too, so e mail entrepreneurs ought to stay up for future variations of Outlook.
At Microsoft, we’re excited to maintain partnering with Litmus. We’re at all times listening and on the lookout for methods enhance.
Rebecca Lawler, Outlook Shopper Program Manger
To study extra about how we’ve been working with Microsoft, head over to our partnership website, which has extra details about what’s modified because the partnership was introduced, and—extra importantly—find out how to become involved.
Allow Outlook 2019 E-mail Previews in Litmus
Outlook 2019 is only one of dozens of standard e mail shoppers out there in Litmus. To streamline your testing, you may allow solely the e-mail shoppers you must examine. So as to add Outlook 2019 to your default shoppers, head over to the account settings in your Litmus account and select “configure shoppers”.
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