Reports of Microsoft’s “One Outlook” have been circulating for over a year now, and a leak recently confirmed that we’re closer than ever to getting our hands on this new email client. Today, Microsoft officially started rolling out new Outlook for Windows 11 and Windows 10.
Outlook’s new client, based on Outlook and visually very similar to the current Outlook web experience, is now available to those enrolled in the Office Insider program for Windows. Although it is identical to the website, it comes with built-in window controls.
With One Outlook, Microsoft hopes to consolidate apps like Outlook and Outlook Desktop into a single app that works on all Windows machines. Additionally, Microsoft plans to launch a web-based Outlook client for macOS, according to people familiar with the development.
Microsoft officials said the new outlook is designed to bring consistency between Windows products and the web codebase to help users stay more productive. Unlike the UWP-based Outlook for Windows app, this new email client offers all the features available on the website.
For example, you can access features like message reminders and a new calendar view that gives you access to email, calendar, and tasks. In addition, it is also possible to access Microsoft Loop components, which facilitates collaboration between Outlook and Teams.
A unified Outlook experience for Windows certainly makes sense, especially with many advanced features missing in the native Outlook UWP client. Many users disliked the built-in Mail app due to its outdated design, missing features, or slow updates.
This new Outlook could make life easier for those who use Outlook on multiple platforms and prefer high-performance email clients.
Here is a list of new features available in Outlook:
- Quickly find and attach important documents.
- Try smart assistance to stay on top of what’s important
- Reminders when you miss a message.
- You can use your inbox as a to-do list.
- To Do’s My Day keeps you in the flow of your work.
- A new calendar view that can be customized.
If you’re interested, you can try out the feature by turning on the “Try New Outlook” toggle on the top-right corner of your classic Outlook for Windows.