Microsoft has been rumored to be developing One Outlook for a while, but a new leak suggests we’re closer than ever to finally getting our hands on the all-in-one email client.
The leak was spotted by Temmie on Telegram and then posted to Twitter by @TomWarren and visually resembles the current Outlook web service except for the built-in window controls.
For those unaware, One Outlook (formerly known as “Project Monarch”) will see Windows 11 apps like Outlook, Calendar, and Contacts consolidated into a single app that works on PC, Mac, and the web to replace its existing Outlook clients. for the desktop, including Outlook Web, Outlook (Win32) for Windows, Outlook for Mac, and Mail and Calendar on Windows 10.
This isn’t the first time One Outlook has leaked. A version of the app appeared last year, but wasn’t available to anyone working outside of Microsoft, so this is the first version we’ve seen that works on work and education accounts.
Here’s how One Outlook settings, people, new mail and calendar page#WIndows11 #FluentDesign #OneOutlook pic.twitter.com/mCO9MModgJMay 6, 2022
Unfortunately, the new app doesn’t appear to work on personal Outlook accounts, although those with access to an educational or work account can give the One Outlook beta a whirl (clicking this link will download the Setup Setup).
Microsoft has yet to announce when One Outlook will officially roll out to the public, but this leak at least indicates that we might not have that long to wait. Initial speculation was that the app would be available to Windows Insiders around April 2022 and then set for a full Q3 release later this year, so while no official release date was provided, it seems like things are still on the right track.
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A unified system for Outlook apps certainly makes sense, especially with so many people still using the old Windows 10 operating system, but that doesn’t mean everyone is happy with it.
Personally, I’ve always hated using the built-in Mail app because of its clunky design, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, but there’s more to an email client than just looks.
While having everything in one place and with a consistent design can make life easier for those who regularly use Outlook, there are currently many comments on social media regarding memory consumption, as well as the service being web-based rather than ‘integrated into the system, which could cause problems for users with slow internet or poor connections.
Windows 11 has also been criticized for its reliance on web apps that lead to slow performance and high RAM usage. Unfortunately for those relying on the current Mail app on Windows 10 or Windows 11, this could be phased out in the months following a full One Outlook release, though hopefully an in-system option will remain.
It was previously stated by Microsoft that the classic and new One Outlook apps will be available simultaneously to begin with to give users a chance to manage their switchover, which certainly suggests the two might not co-exist forever.
With Microsoft relying so much on web apps for Windows 11, the operating system makes less powerful devices feel more like a bloated Chromebook than a Windows 10 improvement. luck, Microsoft remembers to start giving some love to its native apps. too much rather than getting into web services.
Via Windows Central