Outlook Mail is the new “Universal App” and default email client on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. It shares a somewhat familiar Microsoft Word engine core similar to its desktop predecessors. Earlier on in the year I wrote about the Outlook Mail app when it arrived in preview form via the Windows Insider programme. What I found was a very different email experience to what was previous seen on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8/8.1. Months later and with Windows 10 (PC) officially released, new Windows 10 Mobile devices now in the market and with pre-existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices being prepared to receive the upgrade very soon, how have things changed? In this article I’ll cover the problems with Outlook Mail and what I think Microsoft need to do to fix it.
You might of heard of bulletproof guides for background images and buttons in email design, but what about the basics of using images? Due to varying level of HTML/CSS support in email clients, embedding images in email templates isn’t as easy as you’d think. I’ve decided to compile all of the information and potential problems with images in email design and how to maintain compatibility with various email clients.
I decided to purchase a single Office 365 Mailbox recently to see what exactly Office 365 (OWA) is doing to email in terms of the output after going through the pre-processor, after seeing some pretty weird results from inbox inspection test from Office 365. Turns out after looking into things, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Office 365 OWA app is worse than Outlook 2007 – 2013 for standards support. Find out about the quirks with this email client below.
Being a Windows Phone user I felt compelled to share some recent discoveries regarding HTML email and Windows Phone. If your in the HTML email game you’ll probably know about great sites like Campaign Monitor, Litmus, Email on Acid etc. that provide resources and documentation on how to create cross compliant email templates and how to target mobile devices. One area I have noticed that is lacking information, is Windows Phone and specific information on its support for CSS3 and Media Queries. In fact, some of the information out there is no longer accurate, thanks to a few recent new discoveries.