Microsoft’s new outlook e-mail client for Windows, the so-called “One Outlook” project, which the company has been working on for some time, seems almost ready for prime time. Some users were the first to download the new app noticed by Windows Central, although it seems to only work for work and education accounts at this time. Those who can come in find … well, that’s almost exactly what you’d expect.

We’ve heard for a long time that the future of Microsoft’s mail clients will look a lot like the Outlook web application, and it really looks like the new application is just that. It is much lighter and simpler than previous versions of Outlook for Windows and much more powerful than the built-in mail application, which is also planned to eventually replace. The application is also hosted entirely online, as Microsoft continues to move its services over the network instead of running them exclusively as proprietary applications.

“We appreciate the excitement for our next update and will have more to share in the coming weeks,” said Scott Stiles, vice president of product management for Outlook. On the edge in a statement. “The downloadable version is an early unsupported test version of Outlook for Windows and lacks some of the features and enhancements that will be available for our beta testers. We encourage our customers to look forward to the beta release. ”

It is reported that the application was to be tested in 2021, with plans to eventually replace other customers this year. It now looks likely that Microsoft will officially announce the new app at its developer conference later this month and move on to replace Mail, Calendar and possibly other versions of Outlook after that. As for how you present yourself? We’ll have to wait until we can get the new app to see, but it’s safe to say that desktop apps that act as web app wrappers have a bit of a history. But with Microsoft’s longstanding pressure on progressive web applications, the future seems to be coming one way or another.

The transition will not be easy, as so many Outlook users have a long history of how the application worked, and the experience based on the rarer and cleaner web application will feel like a huge diversion. Which means that at least for a while, Microsoft will probably continue to have multiple versions of Outlook available to users. However, the way forward is clear: there is only one perspective in the future. And it starts with the network.

Updated on May 6, 9:00 PM ET: Updated with comment from Microsoft.



https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/6/23060682/microsoft-outlook-redesign-windows-web

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