In long overdue news, Microsoft has finally agreed to synchronize email signatures between Outlook on different platforms.
The news came in the form of a post on the Uservoice site:
“We’re happy to report that we’re working on sync’ing signatures across devices. More details to come as we have them.”
It’s not much. No timeline, no details on which Outlook’s will get signature syncing. As with many ‘innovations’ in Office, customers are expected to overlook that Microsoft is late to the party and be grateful that they’ve turned up at all.
At the moment, email signatures have to be setup on each Outlook individually. Outlook for Windows can share signatures by separately syncing the signature folder between computers but that’s it.
Better than nothing
Whatever Microsoft does, it has to be better than what we have now, which is nothing.
Microsoft will boast about their listening to customers and adding this feature but it’s a hollow boast. For many years there’s been efforts to synchronize various parts of Outlook across devices, signatures has been a conspicuous omission.
Most likely it’s been too difficult to sync signatures because they are saved quite differently in Outlook for Windows, Mac, Online and the mobile apps.