The unified Windows Outlook app is now available to all Office Insiders

The long awaited unified outlook app for windows is now available to all Office Insiders, Microsoft announced today. The experience made its public debut in May, but it was only officially available to commercial customers and only in the beta channel of the Office Insider program. Now all users, whether they have personal or enterprise Microsoft 365 subscriptions, can try out the app, which is also available in Current Channel (Preview).

Microsoft also confirmed today that this new web experience will start rolling out to users of the Windows Mail app on Windows 10 and 11 in the coming weeks. Arguably, this is where the experience makes the most sense, as this app already has a more limited set of features. When the new Outlook app becomes available for trial, you can use the toggle in the upper right corner to enable it.

Screenshot of the new Outlook app with support for personal Microsoft accounts

Indeed, support for personal Microsoft accounts is also one of the big new features added to the new Outlook app today. Some leaked versions of it already let you log in with a personal account, but now it’s officially possible to do so. You still can’t use email accounts from other services, but Microsoft also said this feature will be coming in the coming months.

A few more improvements have been made to the app since its launch in May. Microsoft has introduced a simplified ribbon for Quick Actions at the top of the Outlook window, so it should be a bit easier to navigate. If you’re still unfamiliar with some of the tools available, Microsoft has also added new tips that appear throughout the experience to highlight specific features.

Screenshot of the Outlook Boards feature in the unified Outlook app, showing tips related to features available in the app

There’s also a new Quick Steps feature that can help you sort through your inbox items so you can more easily find what you need. On the calendar side, it is now possible to adjust the width of the columns in order to more easily see all the details of the events in your calendar.

Finally, Microsoft shared a preview of features coming to the unified Outlook app for Windows. As mentioned above, you’ll be able to add multiple email accounts to the app in the future, including support for third-party services like you’ll find in the Outlook mobile app. Microsoft is also working on offline support for the app so you can always see your content without an internet connection, the ability to search your folders, support for web add-ins such as Zoom and Salesforce, and support for supports ICS files, so you can easily add calendar events shared with you. These features will be added in the coming months.

Source: Microsoft

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