Dark mode support seems to be something that more and more app developers may have to care about going forward. On the desktop, both Windows 10 and macOS now have a system-wide dark mode which affects all native apps, but this dark mode doesn’t currently applies to user-installed apps like Microsoft Office.
Microsoft brought a dark mode to Office 2016 for Windows some time ago, but this is still something that users have to enable in Settings. Following the introduction of a new dark mode in macOS Mojave this year, Microsoft will also add dark mode support to its Office for Mac apps. As you can see in the GIF below, Microsoft took great care of small details like the Pictures icon in the Office ribbon which will displays a moon instead of a sun in dark mode.
According to Akshay Bakshi, Product Manager for the Office for iOS and macOS apps, this new dark mode for Office for Mac may ship to Office Insiders as soon as next week. If you’re interested in getting early access, you can join the Office Insider program right from Microsoft’s AutoUpdate tool for the different Office for Mac apps.
Updated: Office Insiders in the Fast Ring can now try this new dark theme option by installing the latest Office for Mac build.
Hey #OfficeInsiders! With Office Insider Fast for Mac 181029 today, see the Office Visual Refresh with new Ribbon and icon styling in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote! And on macOS Mojave, try out Dark Mode in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint! @OfficeInsider pic.twitter.com/xmk4vFVvH7
— Derek Snook (@derek_snook) October 30, 2018