Our first look at new Outlook app for Windows 10 with rounded corners

Outlook for Windows 10

Reports have suggested that
Microsoft is working on a unified email client for Windows
10 that will replace the current Mail and Calendar apps.
This new client, which is based on the Outlook web, is
codenamed Monarch and its user interface has been designed for
all desktop form factors.

In one of the documents, Microsoft previously confirmed that it
is working on a “One Outlook” client that will work across
Windows 10, macOS and the web. This will allow the company to
replace the existing clients including Outlook Win32, UWP and
Outlook for Mac.

In the release notes of
Outlook beta for Windows, Microsoft has now accidentally posted
a screenshot of a new Outlook app featuring updated icons and
rounded corners. The screenshot shows what appears to be a
future version of the web-based Outlook app and it could be
introduced during the Sun Valley update event in June.

Outlook for Windows

As we’ve reported earlier this year, Microsoft wants to change
the look of default/native Windows apps and
use rounded corners for app windows. This new leak seems to
support our theory and findings.

While rounded corners may not be a big deal for some users,
sources have indicated that this design language is part of
Microsoft’s plan to address UI consistency issues on Windows
10. Combined with other cosmetic changes, it actually can make
a big difference, with apps looking more modern and giving the
interface a fresh feel.

As you can see in the above screenshot, it also appears that
Microsoft has added extra padding near the close, maximize and
minimize window buttons. Likewise, the Outlook app is getting
new icons with rounded edges too.

The updated Outlook client comes with a new feature called “Org
Explorer” for enterprise customers. The Org Explorer will help
you explore the people and teams around you, so you can
contextualize and visualize them.

To launch this new explorer, you need to click on its new icon
from the Home ribbon and tap on a person’s card or icon to view
more details.

When finalized, Microsoft’s upcoming Outlook client will
deliver a unified look across all platforms regardless of
whether it’s running on Windows 10, macOS or the web.

In addition to Outlook, Microsoft is also believed to be
working on new features and improvements for other inbox apps.

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