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Outlook now (kind of) supports animated GIFs in email

One of the major flaws of Outlook has always been the lack of support for animated GIFs.

Well, Microsoft has finally listened to the feedback of it's users to make this a thing of the past, adding support for animated GIFs in Outlook Office 365.

While this is great news and a huge step in the right direction for both personal email users and marketers, there is some downside to it.

Let's get to the nitty gritty of things...

The Details

  • Animated GIFs are now supported in Outlook for Office 365 users only.
  • Outlook 2019 and all previous versions still do not support animated GIFs.
  • Animated GIFs will automatically play, looping three times, then pausing. A play icon will appear over the image once it's paused, allowing the recipient to replay the animation again.
  • Animation is turned on by default in your Outlook settings, but can be switched off if required.
  • There are no file size limitations for animated GIFs in Outlook Office 365.

Which versions of Outlook support animated GIFs?

With so many different versions of Outlook now available, it can be quite hard to keep up with whether or not yours or your recipients email client supports animated GIFs.

Check the table below to see if your version of Outlook supports animated GIFs or not.

VersionSupported?
Outlook (Office 365)✔️
Outlook for Mac✔️
Outlook 2019
Outlook 2016
Outlook 2013
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2003
Outlook 2000✔️

Examples of animated GIFs in email signatures

Using animated GIFs in an email signature are a delicate art form. It's easy to overdo it, as an email signature should be simple, but you also want to grab the attention of the recipient.

Here are some great email signatures using animated GIFs the RIGHT way.

foodstirs
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chocolic-anonymous-email-signature
sweet-crude-signature
jed esr email signature
audrey-hepburn-email-signature
nadia email signature
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doneup-signature
mapspeople
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