Microsoft released a preview of its “Unified” Outlook app for Windows for all users of its Office Insider program, and said it will be available to those in the Windows Insider program in the near future.
This new Outlook for Windows was first unveiled in May, when it was only made available to a select group of testers in the Office Insider Beta channel. Also known as Project Monarch, it’s being developed with the goal of bringing consistency between the email client’s Windows and web codebases, Microsoft said, and could eventually replace mail and email-dedicated UWP apps. calendar familiar to Windows 10 users.
Users can try out the new features by simply dragging a toggle control labeled “Try the new Outlook” into the top-right corner of classic Outlook for Windows, according to Redmond, provided they’re registered as Office. Insider and they are running Beta Channel or Current Channel Builds (Preview). And if they don’t like what they see, they can swipe it again.
Along with “numerous” performance improvements, the updated app gives users the ability to add personal Outlook.com, Hotmail, or Windows Live email accounts, which most users would consider a basic capability. in an email client and which has long been supported by the traditional desktop Outlook application.
Other updates seem rather more trivial, like a Quick Steps feature, which shows custom “triage actions” that can be deployed repeatedly to keep the inbox clean and organized, according to Microsoft, and the ability to adjust column widths in the calendar when viewing your weekly schedule.
Tips informing users of new features as they are rolled out are also added, and Microsoft says Outlook for Windows has received a simplified ribbon user interface designed to provide a sleeker look and easier navigation.
Features already present in Outlook for Windows since the May release include support for Microsoft Loop components, which allow teams to “edit and share their ideas while staying in their workflow”, mailboxes and shared folders for easy collaboration, a table view Outlook calendar and the ability to pin important emails.
Meanwhile, Redmond has unveiled a bunch of features that haven’t been included yet, but plans to release for Insiders in the coming months.
These include: the ability to support multiple email accounts in the same app, including both work and personal; support for third-party email accounts such as Gmail; offline capability; research records; and support for web add-ins.
Going back to today, users must be an Office Insider running Beta Channel or Current Channel (Preview) Version 2209 (Build 15629.20058) or later of Outlook for Windows to get the new features. It is also required that your system is running Windows 10 Version 1809 (Build 17763) or later, with a Microsoft account. ®