New Update Microsoft makes Outlook for Mac free

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Microsoft is making the Outlook for Mac app free to use, the company announced this week.

Previously available with a Microsoft 365 account or as part of the Office for Mac app suite, the Outlook app is downloadable from the Mac App Store and works with Outlook.com, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, and plain old IMAP and POP email accounts. Microsoft already offers a free version of the Outlook client for iOS and Android, and it's currently testing a preview of a redesigned Outlook app that will replace the built-in Mail and Calendar apps that ship with Windows 11. The Mac version of the app doesn't use that new design—it's the same Outlook for Mac app that Microsoft rolled out back in late 2020—but the company's blog post says the company is working on "rebuilding Outlook for Mac from the ground up." This will presumably be the same client that Microsoft is testing in Windows, part of the company's "One Outlook" project (also called Project Monarch) that aims to offer a single unified mail client that looks and works the same way across all supported platforms.
 

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Almost a 1GB download. Luckily downloads are proven to be faster on Apple devices (aka better networking spec).
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Microsoft has introduced support for Profiles in Outlook for Mac. The option will let users with multiple email accounts work with a specific account in a distraction-free mode.

The Redmond company made the Outlook for Mac free for all users last month, you may now use it without an Office license or a Microsoft 365 subscription.
Profiles in Outlook for Mac are currently available for Insiders who are on the app version 16.70 (Build 23021201) or above. The feature is being rolled to users slowly, so it may not be readily available for you.

Even though the Mac version of the email client is now free, you cannot enroll into the Insider Program without a Microsoft 365 subscription. Hopefully, the company will let free users test early builds of the app in the future.
 

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Uninstalling Microsoft apps from Mac is a chore, lots of leftover files.

Better to use Web mail, unless you are heavily invested into Microsoft 365 and require the full desktop experience.
 

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