App Launch and Quit

We wanted to see how Outlook did with the very first launch (unconfigured, post-install initial launch). More importantly, we wanted to time the first launch after an OS boot, which clears caches, and then successive launches. In all cases, Outlook 2011 was faster. Quitting the application was close, but 2011 still edged out 2016.

It’s common for applications to do things that give the user the perception of faster launching. As such, MacTech tests end when you can actually start doing something in the application. That way, we’re measuring both the reality and the user perception.

As we said, one of the biggest differences in Outlook 2016 is that it has a new architecture, but this isn’t just about the underlying database, there are other major internal changes. This not only helps meet Apple’s requirements for sandboxing, but more importantly, Outlook 2016 has adopted security and other architecture that’s consistent with the rest of the Office for Mac suite. The new Outlook adheres to these, and other goals that Microsoft had, but the downside is that it does not launch as quickly as Outlook 2011. It’s not bad, mind you, but it’s not quite as fast at launches, and quitting the application. For most people, this won’t matter as people typically launch an email application and leave it open. The first benefit, which you can already see, is improved Information Rights Management (IRM) support, but we expect to see more benefits coming from this new architecture in the future.

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Figure 3: Launching Speeds
(shorter is faster)