Hands on with new Outlook app for Windows 11, coming soon to macOS

Outlook for Windows 11

Microsoft has been working on getting its apps ready for
Windows 11. The company has already refreshed the native apps
like Media Player and MS Paint, and now Outlook is also seeing
a refresh that’s being prepared for public testing.

As we reported earlier this year, Microsoft has been secretly
working on a new email client for Windows 11, Windows 10 and
macOS. Via the deleted job listings/document, we know that the
project is internally dubbed “Project Monarch” and it’s also
known as One Outlook.

Microsoft’s new app is essentially a reboot of the Outlook
website with deeper Windows 11 integration. Currently, there
are several ways to access your work and personal email. The
company offers multiple email clients, such as the Microsoft
Store-based Outlook UWP and Outlook desktop app for Windows.

The Store-based Outlook was first released on Windows 8 and it
was later updated with Fluent Design on Windows 10. At the
moment, Outlook UWP is lagging behind Outlook web and Outlook
desktop in terms of functionality and performance, drawing
criticism from the community.

Microsoft is apparently unable to maintain these many Outlook
clients, which is why the company thinks it’s time to create
‘One Outlook’. Way back in May 2021, we spotted a download link
to an unreleased Outlook client, but it wasn’t working at that
time.

Today, a server-side update has been released and it allows
anyone with a Microsoft work account to log in.

As you can see in the above and below screenshots, Microsoft’s
new Outlook app is based on Outlook.com, but it comes with
deeper Windows 11 integration and uses Microsoft Edge’s Fluent
Design.

Outlook interface

This new app is part of the ‘One Outlook’ project that the tech
giant is working on. Since the app is based on web components
and Edge, Microsoft is hoping to consolidate all Mail apps into
it.

Outlook theme

One Outlook will allow users to manage their mail across
Windows 10 and Windows 11, without having to install another
mail app.

According to sources, Outlook web will also debut on macOS and
it makes sense as the web app works everywhere. Having the same
email app across all desktop platforms will also reduce
confusion as users won’t have to teach themselves how to use
Outlook on a different platform.

New One Outlook isn’t available for everyone yet and it only
works with work or education accounts at the moment. It’s most
likely that it will be officially announced as we approach the
Microsoft Build developer conference.

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