Microsoft is reportedly working on an updated email client for desktop platforms, based on the company’s Outlook service. Now we have the first look at the app in action.
Windows Central shared images of Outlook email client in development running on Windows. Although Microsoft’s Outlook email service has been offering Android and iPhone / iPad apps for years, there has never been a desktop app other than Outlook included with Microsoft Office and Microsoft 365 subscriptions. This version of Outlook is more complicated and not available for free as a mobile app. .
The screenshots look almost identical to the Outlook web application, which probably confirms earlier reports that the application is based on web technologies. On the left is a bar of tabs with buttons for mail, calendar, contacts, and some Microsoft services, and a similar column-based layout like Apple Mail and Gmail on Android tablets and iPads. However, there are several differences compared to the web application – at the top is a ribbon that can be configured to look more like a classic Outlook application, and the search bar is integrated into the title bar of the window.
This shouldn’t replace the classic Outlook client for Mac and Windows – at least not soon. Although Outlook.com can be synced with multiple (or third-party) email accounts, similar to Gmail on the web and mobile, there are countless advanced user features not available in Outlook (on which this is based).
We first heard about the possible Outlook.com desktop application back in January 2021, when Windows Central reported that Microsoft was building a universal Outlook application for Mac and Windows. The app is also expected to replace the Mail & Calendar apps on Windows 10 and 11, which is a bit of a mixed thing. It’s not great that Microsoft is replacing even more genuine Windows applications with web-based applications, as it will likely have to run in the background all the time to receive new messages – which could lead to more memory usage than existing Outlook or Windows Applications. mail. There are also no signs of Microsoft’s ‘Fluent’ design language present in many Windows 11 applications, but the design could change before the final release.
The previous version is already available for business and education accounts (download link), but does not work if you have a normal Microsoft account.
Source: Windows Central