Is this the new Outlook for Windows 10?

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Microsoft is known to be working on a new Outlook client for desktops. Dubbed Project Monarch, the aim is to create a “One Outlook” web app which can be deployed on Windows, Mac and also the web, much how apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams works identically on all desktop platforms. This means the app will maintain features such as notifications, off-line storage, share targets etc.

The web app is expected to be deployed in place of the UWP Mail and Calendar app, and be available to both free and commercial clients.

Today WindowsLatest reports that Microsoft may have let slip a picture of the new client in a post on the latest Office Insider Preview.

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Behinds the organization explorer, the screenshot, which was posted as part of the article, shows an Outlook client with rounded corners, more rounded icons, a more spaced out taskbar and a generally cleaner look.

Project Monarch is only expected to bear fruit in around a year and the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar app is currently in maintenance mode.
 

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Windows 11 and Windows 10’s new Outlook app to enter public preview soon
As part of its efforts to refresh the native apps for Windows 11, Microsoft is planning to release a new Outlook. The app is being made from scratch and it’s now being prepared for a preview release, which could be announced during Microsoft’s hybrid event for Windows 11.

The project is dubbed ‘Project Monarch’ and this new Outlook is in development for more than a year now. It’s a reboot of the web app and it aims to unify all the 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 plenty of ways to access your work and personal emails. You can use Outlook’s web app, Outlook desktop or even Gmail. There are way too many mail apps available for Windows and it’s because the company has a habit of releasing more than one app that achieves the same function.

On Windows 10 and above, we have an app called “Mail & Calendar, which features Fluent Design, but it doesn’t support advanced features. If you want to get the most out of the Outlook experience, you need to download an application called Outlook and use Microsoft 365 account to view emails.

This can be complicated for new users and Microsoft thinks it’s time to unify the Outlook apps and create a new iteration of email clients with Project Monarch.

The new app is expected to enter the public preview soon as the leaked installer has already been updated with changes to reflect the upcoming public testing program.

Introducing new Outlook app – Outlook One

So what’s One Outlook? It’s a new Outlook client based on the web platform and Microsoft is planning to consolidate all the Mail apps into one unified application ‘One Outlook’ to help you manage your mail across 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 shipped to Microsoft Edge.

Outlook app isn’t available as yet, but it’s likely that it will be released to the general public in the coming weeks.
 

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Microsoft's new web-based Outlook client has been in development for well over a year at this point. In fact, the client itself leaked last year but was inaccessible to people outside the company, that is until now. As of this morning, it appears the app has started working for work and education accounts, meaning we can finally get our first look at Microsoft's new Outlook email client.

The new app is pretty much identical to the Outlook Web experience you can find today by heading to Outlook.com. There are a couple of new additions exclusive to this client, such as the ability to configure the ribbon along the top to a more traditional Outlook style. Unfortunately, the app isn't working with personal email accounts just yet, though we suspect support for that will be added once Microsoft officially announced the client.

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Source: Windows Central
The only other noticeable differences that we've spotted with the client is that Microsoft has embedded window controls into the Outlook header to make it look more native to the OS. Composing a message or creating an event in the calendar pops up a new window, just like the existing Outlook desktop client.

Windows Central reported in January 2021 that Microsoft was hoping to eventually replace the built-in Mail & Calendar apps on Windows 10 and Windows 11 with this client. It's still too early for that, as the app is marked as "preview" or "beta" in many places. Microsoft also intends to ship this app on macOS and Linux eventually as well. After all, it's pretty much just a web app.

Microsoft hasn't yet announced this new email experience officially, but it's likely to be unveiled soon as the app looks relatively polished. Build 2022 is later this month, so perhaps we'll see an official announcement there.
 
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Is nice to see they again take no feedback whasoever to improve that awful client.
 

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Windows Central reported in January 2021 that Microsoft was hoping to eventually replace the built-in Mail & Calendar apps on Windows 10 and Windows 11 with this client.
Hope it comes out soon and don't have the problem of the built-in Mail & Calendar app which so often fails to give me notification of new emails. Specially when it's not an Outlook mail. I use Thunderbird Portable now which never fails to notify but the Mail & Calendar app doesn't need to be fully running in the background all the time which makes it more suitable for me. The upcoming one should be the same too.
 

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Although the upcoming web-powered Outlook client (Project Monarch) has been available for some months now, people who downloaded it were only recently able to sign into the application with their work and education accounts; personal accounts are still out of luck. That said, Microsoft has now published an advisory for customers who want to restrict access to the leaked version.

As noted by Tero Alhonen on Twitter, a new message (ID M376710) on the Microsoft 365 admin center asks customers to wait for the officially released version and also provides some guidance about how admins can restrict access. The full message reads:
We are aware that some users can access an unsupported early test version of the new Outlook for Windows. This version is missing some of the features and enhancements that will be available later for our customers in the Beta Channel. We encourage our customers to wait for the beta version to be released.

We recognize the need for tenants to control access to apps in their organizations, so we are releasing early the instructions to do so. We expect to provide more news in the coming weeks about our Beta release. If you would like to block your users from connecting their Microsoft 365 accounts associated with your organization to this new app, please follow the PowerShell instructions. When the beta is available you will need to unblock them using the same instructions.

These instructions prevent the account from syncing to the new Outlook but do not prevent download.
 

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Microsoft has started testing the One Outlook revamp publicly​

Microsoft has officially started testing the One Outlook client with the public.

The new Outlook app integrates with Microsoft Loop components so you can streamline your workflow across Outlook and Teams. You can also quickly attach documents and files stored in the cloud to emails using the @thenameofthefile syntax.

Screenshots of the new One Outlook app
Since the new Outlook app is currently available in preview only, there are a bunch of known issues, primarily related to lack of features compared to the existing generally available (GA) offering. You can find out more details here.

As it currently stands, the One Outlook for Windows experience is available to Office Insiders in the Beta Channel Beta Channel Version 2205 (Build 15225.20000) or later. There should be a "Try the New Outlook" toggle on the top-right of your Outlook for Windows app to trigger it. You can use the same toggle to revert back to the classic version at any time.
 

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Microsoft has started testing the One Outlook revamp publicly​



Looks good, but not yet available for consumer testing:
Microsoft Accounts (Outlook.com) are not supported at this time.
 

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Microsoft Outlook to get some useful new features in the next couple of months​

According to Microsoft 365 Roadmap page, the company is working on two more useful capabilities for Outlook users with an aim to bring them to the public eye in the next couple of months.

As per the Microsoft 365 Roadmap page, Microsoft is working on a way for users to "quickly access To Do, Org Explorer, Yammer Communities, and Bookings directly inside Outlook." For better customization, the company will also let users pin preferred Outlook and Microsoft 365 apps.
 

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It's been almost 10 months since Microsoft first announced its new One Outlook client would start testing for members of the Office Insiders program. Now, it looks like the revamp of the email client will finally escape the testing phase and be made available to some more users.

The Microsoft 365 Roadmap shows that Outlook for Windows users who have a Microsoft 365 subscription on the Current Channel will see a toggle in April to try out the preview of the new Outlook for Windows. Michael Reinders on Twitter posted up a note from Microsoft expanding that info, with Microsoft saying the toggle should be available for all Current Channel owners by late April.

The note emphasizes that Microsoft 365 customers won't be forced to switch to the new Outlook, at least not yet. It will be available first for personal Microsoft accounts along with Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.
 

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