As part of its effort to refresh native apps for Windows 11, Microsoft plans to release a new Outlook. The app is built from scratch and is being prepared for a preview release, which could be announced at Microsoft’s hybrid event for Windows 11.
The project is dubbed “Project Monarch” and this new Outlook has been in development for over a year now. It is a reboot of the web app and aims to unify all existing email clients for Windows such as Mail & Calendar and Outlook for desktop. With Outlook One, Microsoft wants to help users manage their email across different desktop platforms.
There are many ways to access your work and personal emails. You can use Outlook web app, Outlook desktop or even Gmail. There are far too many email apps available for Windows and that’s because the company has a habit of releasing more than one app that performs the same function.
On Windows 10 and later, we have an app called “Mail & Calendar”, which offers Fluent Design, but it doesn’t support advanced features. If you want to get the most out of the Outlook experience, you should download an app called Outlook and use the Microsoft 365 account to view emails.
This can be complicated for new users, and Microsoft thinks it’s time to unify Outlook applications and create a new iteration of email clients with Project Monarch.
The new app is expected to enter public preview as soon as the leaked installer has already been updated with changes to reflect the upcoming public test program.
Introducing the new Outlook app – Outlook One
What is an Outlook? It is a new web-based Outlook client and Microsoft plans to consolidate all email applications into a single unified “One Outlook” application to help you manage your mail on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
This new One Outlook app was first spotted in May 2021 in leaked documents and screenshots revealed a new design similar to the web app.
It will have rounded corners, WinUI, and improvements delivered to Microsoft Edge.
As you can see in the GIF above, Outlook One features a new loading animation and is identical to the web version.
The Outlook app isn’t available yet, but it’s likely to be released in the coming weeks.