Microsoft is finally taking steps to improve Outlook desktop

Outlook for Windows

Microsoft is preparing new changes for Outlook that could
improve email experience on desktops running Windows, according
to a session from Ignite 2020 conference.

Microsoft claims it is working on a common architecture for its
all Outlook clients available on Android, iOS, desktop, and
web. The project is called “One Outlook” and the goal is to
unify Outlook user experience across all devices with the same
set of features and design goals.

The problem with the current strategy is that the company has
created apps on different foundations and Microsoft is unable
to maintain features across all the Outlook apps.

During Ignite 2020, Microsoft said
it’s planning to fix the Outlook problems on the desktop by
focusing on web technologies and OWA Powered Experiences (OPX).

Microsoft is planning to build Outlook features for the web
platform first and then port the features to other platforms,
such as Windows. At the UI layer, Microsoft still plans to use
React for desktop, universal, mobile, and macOS clients.

Outlook shared app foundation

To make this idea a reality, Microsoft will be using OWA
Powered Experiences (OPX), which is based on WebView2 component
of Microsoft Edge and it works with React native.

Outlook OPX for Windows

Unfortunately, Microsoft is still not working on a new desktop
app for Windows, but the company plans to create a new Web
Powered Experiences (OPX) on the desktop where the client will
directly use interface components from the website.

With shared web technologies, Microsoft aims to improve the
Outlook desktop app for Windows. For example, Microsoft will
add support for the immersive reader, new spell-checking
experience, and more in the desktop client.

Outlook for Windows web app

Outlook desktop apps based on Web Powered Experiences (OPX)
will also support other functionalities, such as Microsoft
Teams integration.

In addition, Microsoft is implementing its own Sync Technology
to sync data across the Outlook clients. With web technologies
and React, Microsoft is creating a common architecture that
will reduce engineering costs and also deliver features faster
to all platforms.

Users will notice that messages and information sync and
display quicker across all apps when Microsoft starts using the
same sync stack called “MST”.

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