Hands-on with the 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 native apps like Media Player and MS Paint, and now Outlook is also seeing a refresh which is being prepared for public testing.

As we reported earlier this year, Microsoft is secretly working on a new email client for Windows 11, Windows 10, and macOS. From the deleted jobs/documents we know that the project is internally dubbed "Project Monarch" and is 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 multiple ways to access your work and personal email. The company offers several email clients, such as Outlook UWP desktop app and Microsoft Store-based Outlook for Windows.

Store-based Outlook was first released on Windows 8 and later it was updated with Fluent Design on Windows 10. At the moment, Outlook UWP lags behind Outlook Web and Outlook Desktop in terms of features and functionality. performance, drawing criticism from the community.

Microsoft is apparently unable to maintain these many Outlook clients, so the company thinks it's time to create "One Outlook". In May 2021, we spotted a download link to an unpublished Outlook client, but it wasn't working at that time.

Today, a server-side update was released that allows anyone with a Microsoft business account to sign in.

As you can see in the screenshots above and below, Microsoft's new Outlook app is based on Outlook.com, but comes with deeper Windows 11 integration and uses the fluid design of Microsoft Edge.

Outlook interface

This new app is part of the "One Outlook" project the tech giant is working on. Since the app is based on Web and Edge components, Microsoft hopes to consolidate all Mail apps into it.

Outlook Theme

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

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

New One Outlook is not yet available to everyone and currently only works with work or education accounts. Most likely it will be officially announced closer to the Microsoft Build developer conference.

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