Microsoft's Outlook program has been a mainstay for personal and office planning and e-mail operations for decades now. The latest versions of the program works for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. While checking out the new features of the program, one user was able to find some interesting programming differences between the two.
For those reading this and using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, consider restoring the browser window so it takes up less than full screen and then dragging the window in and out while trying to read this text. If this website has been programmed for responsiveness, you'll notice the text and some of the elements on the page moving around, resizing and sometimes disappearing on the fly to better fit the shape of the window. (If this site doesn't seem to be working, go ahead and browse to Facebook.com, which is known for its clever web responsiveness).
Nowadays web responsiveness is pretty commonplace and practically an expectation of modern web design and programming. This preference has bled over to programs that use operating system windows as well, and Microsoft Office is no exception. As it turns out, however, Office's responsiveness works completely differently on Windows compared to Mac OS X, as detailed by this animated image.
As the image shows, the responsiveness on the Mac machine on the right operates in real time, while on the left, the Windows machine must wait for the user to stop dragging the window before any adjustments to the elements within are made. This is due to the Mac version of office using OS X's built in WebKit engine, which Windows 10 lacks. With the WebKit engine, programmers can call "@media" queries within the programming to tell the windows what to do as a window is being resized. Windows lacks this option and has to issue some sort of query after the fact.
This is significant for those who design programs for both of these huge operating systems and want to fully utilize the features of OS X. It could be a nice surprise for your users. For more information click here https://i.imgur.com/lTiiQKQ.gif.