Microsoft presents a preview of a new Outlook application for Windows

Microsoft Outlook is undoubtedly one of the best email clients, especially if your office already uses Office and the Microsoft 365 suite. For years now, Microsoft has been planning behind the scenes to unify its various Outlook clients across the web, Windows, and macOS.

But after its next-generation “One Outlook” client was recently leaked, Microsoft has decided to unveil the new email experience to all users of the Office Insider beta channel. The Outlook for Windows client update is intended for business and education customers who subscribe to Microsoft 365 or Office 365, and at this time this preview is only available to paying members.

As ZDNet points out, Microsoft added a number of updates and changesincluding a new look, message reminders, a single view of calendar, email and task items and the ability to more easily attach cloud files.

Of course, this isn’t the final release – and so it’s only available on the beta channel for Insider members – so a few features are missing, such as multi-account and offline support.

Based on what we’ve seen from the leak, the new Outlook has some really clean lines and more minimal design guidelines.

One client to rule them all

The basic idea behind One Outlook is gather all different services in one place, the web application that serves as the foundation for everything. The client was codenamed Monarch by Microsoft during development, and the ultimate goal is to have a single client for all major platforms, from Windows to macOS to the web.

Of course, change is always difficult, especially for something as crucial as an email client, but reception to the leak has been mixed, to say the least. On social media, many wondered if a memory-hungry web application was the best approach. When Microsoft rolls out the update on a larger scale, I’ll have the opportunity to try it out to get to the bottom of it.

We could get more information about the One Outlook project at Microsoft’s Build developer conferencewhich will be held next week from 24 to 26 May.

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