User Interface Performance

Outlook 2016 has taken the previous interface and cleaned it up alongside with the underpinnings changes. Much of the user interface feels snappy. In fact, a number of the items we tried to test were so quick that we were unable to catch them with a stopwatch. Even those items that took a bit longer, such as sorting, were slower by tenths of seconds.

Now despite being able to test with a stopwatch tasks such as typing speed, scroll speed, and scrolling, several of the items were smoother in Outlook 2016. For example, when you bring up a new message window in Outlook 2011, and start typing, you may find the characters come out in a somewhat choppy way at first. That’s not the case with Outlook 2016; it’s smooth from the start.

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Figure 8: User Interface Performance
(shorter is faster)