Microsoft and Apple scrambling to release dark mode versions of apps and services

On July 6, 2018 it was reported that an Outlook team member teased the launch of a new dark mode that will prove helpful for night owls. “Users can look forward to a new “dark mode” feature coming soon. Last year for Halloween users were given the opportunity to use a prototype of the upcoming dark mode.

For those unfamiliar with what we are talking about, “dark mode” changes the standard background for many apps and services to a darker color like black or grey, in order to eliminate the harshness associated with white backgrounds. On the post from the Outlook team member, he is quoted as saying
One reason for the delay is our insistence that we deliver the best Dark Mode of any leading email client (you’ll understand when you see it, I guarantee)”.

This announcement comes in response to growing user demands for a dark or night mode across a variety of apps. There is a dark mode feature in Windows 10. To enable the Windows 10 Dark Mode, you need to go into the Colors settings screen. To do this you can either go to into Settings > Personalization > Colors or type “dark” into the Start Menu search field and select “Color settings”.

Microsoft isn’t alone in implementing the night owl friendly feature. Apple has announced dark mode for macOS Mojave. Twitter has a similar feature.

Dark mode features are becoming increasingly popular for night owls and users who prefer low light. These features reduce eye strain and make it easier for working during the night, although some people are said to just like the way it looks.

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