Microsoft has unveiled a new Outlook client for Windows users. This version’s functionality and the interface are very similar to that of the Outlook web client. The introduction of Outlook’s client helps the tech giant get closer to achieving its long-term goal of unifying contrasting Outlook clients across macOS, Windows, and the web.
At the moment, Office Insiders in the Beta channel who are already using school or work Microsoft 365 have access to the new client. However, regular accounts are not supported as of now.
Why is Microsoft focussing on building a unified Outlook client?
The unified Outlook client is also known as “Project Monarch” or “One Outlook” is likely to be embraced with open arms by Mac users. The reason for this is that Outlook’s interface on iOS is different from that of Windows. Besides, the Mac version also lacks a full suite of features that are available in the Windows version.
It appears that the new Outlook client is likely to replace the existing Outlook application along with Window’s in-built Calendar and Mail applications. Although these applications did see a few minor changes and updates in Windows 11, they have not received functional improvements for quite some time. The new Outlook client will be compatible with Windows 11 and 10. However, it is still unclear whether it will replace Calendar and Mail applications across both the operating systems.
Currently, the new Outlook application is in the development phase, and there is a considerable amount of common mail client features it will not support. Some of the features that are in the pipeline and in development that are not entirely supported yet include support for offline use, @outlook.com, IMAP mail accounts, and more. Some of the features in the revamped Outlook client include “namechecking documents”, responding to requests, to-do, my day, calendar, and more.
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