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Microsoft’s web-flavored update for Outlook begins rolling out to more testers

Enlarge / The new Outlook client for Windows is getting closer to its release, although it still doesn’t support some important features.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft released a preview of a completely redesigned Outlook client for Windows. It was a step closer to something Microsoft has been working on for a while: a unified Outlook client across all of its platforms, based on the design of the web version. Today, Microsoft is taking another step toward that goal, with an updated preview for the new Outlook client which will be available to all Office Insiders in the Current and Beta channels.

Outlook for Windows users registered in the Office Insider program will be able to try the new app by pressing the “try the new Outlook” button in the upper right corner of the app window; press the switch again to return to the old Outlook app. Microsoft says that switching between the two will result in “no data or email loss.”

The Outlook app will also eventually replace the free, built-in mail and calendar apps that come pre-installed on Windows. Microsoft will make a similar toggle available to Windows Insiders “in the coming weeks.”

The simplified ribbon interface in the new Outlook preview, along with the option to switch between versions.
Enlarge / The simplified ribbon interface in the new Outlook preview, along with the option to switch between versions.

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Since the initial preview of Outlook was released in May, Microsoft has added support for Microsoft accounts, a condensed and simplified ribbon interface, adjustable column widths for calendars, among a few other things. But the client is still missing a few features, it should be a satisfactory replacement for out-of-the-box mail and calendar apps, including support for third-party email services via IMAP, support for more than one email account, ICS calendar support. files and the ability to work offline.

The new Outlook app will be available to all Office and Windows users running at least Windows 10 version 1809, meaning the Outlook app will replace the built-in Mail and Calendar apps on both Windows 10. other Windows 11 when it’s ready to ship. Both apps received minor updates last year to bring them in line with Windows 11’s tweaked UI, but otherwise the apps haven’t seen any significant updates since the Windows 10 era.

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