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Explore the new Outlook for Windows​


This past May, we expanded our work of creating a more consistent Outlook experience across endpoints (including Windows) with the release of our early preview of the new Outlook for Windows. This new Outlook for Windows is designed to provide a contemporary yet familiar Outlook experience that helps to improve personal productivity and email organization for users.

Since then, we’ve received valuable feedback from Office Insiders on Beta Channel about how to create a more consistent, feature-rich experience. We’ve taken this feedback into account and incorporated updates into this most recent rollout.

Beginning today, members of our Office Insiders community on Current Channel (Preview) will begin to have access and be able to explore new Outlook for Windows as we roll it out to the community. In the coming weeks, this experience will also be made available for Windows Insiders using a similar toggle within the Windows Mail app.

A look at the New Outlook for Windows



How it works​

If you are signed up as an Office Insider and running Beta Channel or Current Channel (Preview) builds, all you need to do is slide the Try the New Outlook toggle located in the upper-right corner of your classic Outlook for Windows, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Click the New Outlook toggle to try the new features.



NOTE: You can switch back to your previous Outlook experience whenever you want. Just switch the toggle off and it will automatically open your previous version with no data or email loss.

What’s new in Outlook for Windows?​


We’ve been listening to feedback since May and our team has been working diligently to improve the new Outlook for Windows. We’re excited to share that, in addition to numerous performance improvements, the following updates have been made:

The ability to support Microsoft accounts​


Now you can add your personal Outlook.com, Hotmail, or Windows Live email accounts to this new Outlook for Windows.

Add your other Microsoft email accounts



Quick Steps​


Now you can save time with the Quick Steps feature, which shows personalized triage actions that you can use repeatedly to keep your inbox clean and organized, and newsletters or important files in easy reach.

Dynamic calendar column widths​


Now you can adjust the width of columns in your calendar, letting you customize how much space to give each day as you view the details of your weekly schedule.

Change the width of the columns in your calendar view.



Simplified Ribbon options​


Now you see new pared-down Ribbon options give a sleeker look and feel that is easier to navigate as you email.

The simplified ribbon is sleeker and easier to navigate.



Tips in Outlook​


Now you can take advantage of tips that let you know about new, useful features as they roll out so you can take advantage of them right away. You can also see Tips in the calendar board view, giving you everything you need to plan your schedule in one place.

The Tips pane (seen in the calendar board view) offers helpful suggestions about new features available to you



 

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The New Outlook for Windows Is One Step Closer to Completion
Microsoft has been testing a completely new Outlook mail client for Windows over the past year, but it’s still missing features compared to the existing app. The latest round of improvements is closing the gap, though.

The new Outlook for Windows is based on the Outlook web app, with a cleaner interface, dark mode support, easier file attachments, automatic reminders, pinning emails, and other changes compared to the existing Windows app. The initial preview was missing many features, and Microsoft has been working to fix that before the new app rolls out to everyone. Starting today, it now works with Gmail accounts — it only worked with Microsoft accounts before now.

Microsoft said in a blog post, “Today, we will begin to roll out support for Gmail accounts to those using the preview of the new Outlook for Windows. Soon, we will also add support for Yahoo and iCloud, as well as the ability to connect your mailbox through IMAP. It’s our intention that every person be able to access all of their emails — in one spot — on any Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.”

The new integration includes full synchronization with Google Calendar and Gmail, which was not available at all on the old Outlook without workarounds (like using a read-only calendar ICS link or a third-party plugin). That brings it in line with the Windows Mail and Windows Calendar apps from the early days of Windows 10, which are still available on Windows 11, but have been abandoned for a while and don’t work well anymore. The new Outlook app is intended to replace those apps in addition to the old Outlook client, once it’s complete.

There are a few other improvements now available in the new Outlook app. Advanced editing and spell checking is provided by Microsoft Editor, delaying sent emails by up to 10 seconds (so you can “undo” it), and joining Skype or Teams calls directly from Outlook. In the calendar view, multiple time zones are better supported, and the weather appears on each day.

Microsoft says it is still working on more visual and customization updates, support for more email providers, offline support, and the ability to read ICS calendar files. You can try it out by toggling “Try the new Outlook” at the top-right corner of the Outlook for Windows app.
 
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To try the new Outlook for Windows preview app, you currently need to join the Office Insider Beta channel or the Current channel (preview). Insiders can then click on a toggle to switch between the classic app and the new web-based version of Outlook. This same switch will soon roll out to all Outlook for Windows users.
 

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Microsoft revamping New Outlook for Windows with classic calendar style (ICS)​

The M365 roadmap says:

Outlook: New Outlook for Windows - ICS support
ICS is a file format that holds event and calendar information and enables users to share that information through email. With full ICS support in the new Outlook for Windows, users will be able to view local ICS files and import them to their calendar. This mimics the experience currently available in classic Outlook for Windows.

The feature ID for this change is 128028 and the classic Calendar in New Outlook will be generally available in a few months' time by October.
 

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