Overview

We won’t keep you in suspense. In general, Outlook 2016 is significantly and noticeably faster than Outlook 2011 in a variety of areas.

There were some surprises, however, on areas that felt faster, but weren’t when clocked with a stopwatch, providing an interesting lesson in user speed perception vs. reality.

Before we get into details, let’s take a look at an overview of the results. With thousands of tests, we find it most representative to see it visually with MacTech’s trademark colored worksheets. The worksheet below color codes which of the two versions is fastest on each of the models tested. The darker the cell, the more it won by.

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Figure 1: Outlook 2011 vs. Outlook 2016
(Colored cells mean fastest of grouping. Darker colors indicate even faster.)

As you can see, 2016 is faster almost across the board. There are places that it’s not as quick, but they are relatively few and far between.

A different way to look at it is by how many times one application was faster than another and by how much. Colors match the spreadsheet, but this gives you an idea on the counts of tests. Sync tests, arguably the most important performance feature for an email package, makes up about half the count.

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Figure 2: Outlook 2011 vs. Outlook 2016
Test Tally: Which application won more tests
(Colored cells mean fastest of grouping. Darker colors indicate even faster.)