Windows Phone 10: A subtle change to Outlook with big implications

Microsoft had a day full of announcements and if you were not paying attention closely, you will have missed that they made changes to the way that applications work for Windows Phone. It's not a huge change, but one that deviates from the way things were done with Windows Phone 8.

That change? The way gestures work in the new Outlook app that handles all of your email on Windows Phone 10. Here's what's different, the Outlook app supports swiping from left to right and right to left to delete email or flag a message; this is how iOS mail app works along with other mail applications on other platforms.

This seems like an innocent change until you realize that in other Windows Phone apps, these gestures were regulated to advancing the carousel of the app which means that this app deviates from Microsoft's design structure.

If you don't know what we mean, open up the mail app on your Windows Phone and swipe right to left; this changes the view from unread to urgent, to all. On Windows Phone 10, this same gesture now keeps you on the same page and makes the app function more like those of iOS and Android and less like Windows Phone 8.

We will be curious to see if this design change carries into other applications for Windows Phone or if it will be locked to only the Office apps. While this may seem like a small change at first, knowing that Microsoft has now deviated at least once from its design philosophy, we would not be surprised to see it again.

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