Microsoft has been working on getting its apps ready for Windows 11. The company has already revamped its native apps like Media Player and MS Paint, and now Outlook also sees a refresh that is being prepared for public testing.
As we reported earlier this year, Microsoft is secretly working on a new email client for Windows 11, Windows 10, and macOS. From the deleted job postings/document, we know that the project is internally called “Project Monarch” and it is also known as One Outlook.
Microsoft’s new app is essentially a reboot of the Outlook website with deeper Windows 11 integration. Currently, there are several ways to access your business and personal email. The company offers multiple email clients, such as the Microsoft Store-based Outlook UWP and Outlook desktop app for Windows.
The Store-based Outlook was first released on Windows 8 and was later updated with Fluent Design on Windows 10. Currently, Outlook UWP lags behind Outlook web and Outlook desktop in terms of functionality and performance, which has been criticized by the community.
Microsoft is apparently unable to maintain these many Outlook clients, so the company thinks it’s time to create ‘One Outlook’. Way back in May 2021, we saw a download link to an unreleased Outlook client, but it didn’t work at the time.
A server-side update was released today that allows anyone with a Microsoft work account to sign in.
As you can see in the screenshots above and below, Microsoft’s new Outlook app is based on Outlook.com, but it comes with deeper Windows 11 integration and uses Microsoft Edge’s Fluent Design.
This new app is part of the ‘One Outlook’ project the tech giant is working on. Since the app is based on web components and Edge, Microsoft hopes to consolidate all Mail apps into it.
One Outlook allows users to manage their email in Windows 10 and Windows 11, without having to install another email app.
According to sources, Outlook web will also debut on macOS and that makes sense because the web app works everywhere. Having the same email app on all desktop platforms will also reduce the confusion as users won’t have to teach themselves how to use Outlook on a different platform.
New One Outlook is not yet available to everyone and currently only works with work or education accounts. It is very likely that it will be officially announced as we approach the Microsoft Build developer conference.