Microsoft’s new ‘One Outlook’ Windows app is starting to leak out

Microsoft’s new Outlook e mail consumer for Home windows, the so-called “One Outlook” mission the corporate has been engaged on for a while, seems to be virtually prepared for prime time. Some customers have been capable of obtain the brand new app, as first noticed by Home windows Central, although it appears to solely perform for work and academic accounts proper now. Those that can get in are discovering… properly, it’s just about precisely what you’d anticipate.

We’ve lengthy heard that the way forward for Microsoft’s mail purchasers would look lots just like the Outlook net app, and certainly, the brand new app seems to be simply that. It’s a lot lighter and less complicated than earlier variations of Outlook for Home windows and far more highly effective than the built-in Mail app it is usually slated to finally change. The app is absolutely hosted on-line, too, as Microsoft continues to maneuver its providers to the net reasonably than run them solely as native apps. (Microsoft didn’t reply to a request for remark.)

The app was reportedly imagined to be in testing in 2021, with plans to finally change the opposite purchasers this yr. Now, it appears probably Microsoft will announce the brand new app formally at its Construct developer convention on the finish of this month and transfer to exchange Mail, Calendar, and finally different variations of Outlook after that. As for the way it performs? We’ll have to attend till we will get our palms on the brand new app to see, however it’s secure to say that desktop apps that act as shells for net apps have a little bit of a spotty historical past. However with Microsoft’s long-standing push for Progressive Net Apps, it appears that evidently the long run is coming a method or one other.

The transition received’t be straightforward since so many Outlook customers have a protracted historical past with the best way the app has labored, and an expertise primarily based on the sparser, cleaner net app will really feel like an enormous departure. Which suggests, at the very least for some time, Microsoft is prone to proceed to have a number of variations of Outlook out there to customers. Its path ahead is obvious, although: sooner or later, there may be solely One Outlook. And it begins with the net.

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