Microsoft Expands Animated GIF Support with Outlook 365

Animated GIF support—or the lack thereof—in Microsoft Outlook has long been a thorn in the sides of email marketers. A favorite of email geeks and subscribers alike, animated GIFs allow for movement and excitement in an otherwise static medium. But desktop Outlook users have always been left in the dark when it comes to animated GIFs. That is until now.

Are voice assistants the future of email marketing?

Most in the industry seem bullish on the prospects of voice assistants and email. They’re excited about this young technology and the possibilities it could theoretically afford. Others cite privacy concerns and usability issues as downsides to catering to voice assistants in email marketing. All of these differing opinions have left us asking the question: What do voice assistants mean for email marketers?

Understanding Retina Images in HTML Email

As high DPI displays become more common in phones, tablets, and computers, the need for retina images increases. In this post, we dissect retina images, how to use them in email campaigns, and some important considerations email marketers need to keep in mind.

Live Optimization Notebook: Welcome & Onboarding Emails

A great first impression often is the first crucial step to building a long-lasting relationship. It’s no different in email marketing. But creating effective welcome and onboarding emails is hard! Many of your peers are facing the very same challenge, so let’s learn from each other with our first-ever Live Optimization Notebook.

What’s on the Horizon for Outlook.com

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Microsoft Outlook over the last few years, you’ll have noticed that the Outlook team has been making some great improvements. With all of the work going into Outlook, email marketers are left with one question: What’s next? Here’s what you can look forward to from Microsoft.

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A Guide to Animated GIFs in Email

Email marketers are always looking for that extra something to draw attention to their campaigns. A common and simple way is found with one of the internet’s most beloved assets—the animated GIF. We take a look at why GIFs are great for email, how to use them, and show off some of our favorite recent campaigns.

3 Mega-Trends from Litmus Live 2018

Our yearly series of conferences on all things email—Litmus Live—has come to an end. It’s been a whirlwind across three cities, with dozens of speakers and over a thousand attendees. While it’s always bittersweet to close out Litmus Live for the year, it’s exciting to get back to work and start implementing some of the amazing ideas seen on stage.

Microsoft Outlook 2019: Here’s What’s New

We’re thrilled to announce that Microsoft’s latest desktop version of its popular email client—Outlook 2019—is now available for testing in Litmus Email Previews. The new Outlook comes with better fallbacks when using web fonts, SVG support, and more.

Microsoft Outlook is comprised of several versions of the email client. Collectively, those clients rank #4 in email client market share, with 9% of all email subscribers tracked opening in some version of Outlook. The latest version, Outlook 2019, is an update to the desktop edition that is bundled with Microsoft Office. Although Outlook 2019 is a new release, it should be noted that it largely implements some of the features that have been in use in Office 365 subscriptions. The good news for email marketers is that Outlook 2019 doesn’t come with any major surprises. Here’s what we found while looking at the latest version of Microsoft Outlook.