Microsoft Outlook is easily among the best email clients, especially if your office already uses Office and the Microsoft 365 suite.
But after its next-gen “One Outlook” client was recently leaked, Microsoft has decided to unveil the new email experience for anyone on the Office Insiders beta channel.
The Outlook for Windows client update is for business and education customers who subscribe to Microsoft 365 or Office 365 and this preview is only available to paid members so far.
Like ZDNet Highlights, Microsoft has added a number of updates and changes, including a new look, message reminders, a single view for calendar, email, and tasks, and the ability to more easily attach cloud files.
Of course, it’s not the final version – that’s why it’s only available on the Insiders beta channel – and so it’s missing some features, such as multi-account and offline support.
From what we’ve seen from the leak, the new Outlook has really clean lines and a more minimal design language.
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One client to rule them all
The basic idea behind One Outlook is to unify all disparate services in one place, with the web application serving as the foundation for everything.
The client was named Monarch by Microsoft during its development and the ultimate goal is a client on all major platforms, from Windows to macOS to the web.
But people still don’t seem totally convinced.
Change, of course, is always difficult, especially for something as crucial as an email client, but reception to the leak has been mixed to say the least.
Many people on social media wondered if a web application, which could consume a lot of memory, was the best approach. As Microsoft rolls out the update more widely, we’ll have our hands on to see for sure.