As part of the company’s “One Outlook” plan, there will be some major changes in Microsoft Outlook and email applications on Windows, Mac, and the Web in the coming months. Why wait? You can preview what your Outlook experience is about to become.
Later this year, you can expect Microsoft to standardize the user experience between the Outlook application on Mac, Windows and the Web, and the Mail & Calendar application on Windows 1
according to Windows CentralMicrosoft said that the new Monarch client will add more OS-level integrations for Windows and Mac, including “offline storage, shared targets, notifications”, so the new Outlook feels like every desktop operating system you use or Native application on a web browser.
The rollout of these changes will be slow, but you can preview the new cross-platform interface by installing the new Mail Progressive Web App (PWA) today.
How to install Outlook PWA on Edge Chromium:
- Go to outlook.com.
- Please click “…” Open the menu
- Go to the app and click “Install this website as an application.”
- After the installation is complete, the PWA will open.
On Google Chrome:
- Open outlook.com in a new tab.
- Click on “+” The button on the far right of the URL bar (this may take some time to show up. If it doesn’t show up, try clicking the URL bar).
- Please click “installation” When prompted.
Compared with the mail and calendar applications on Windows 10, the appearance of Outlook PWA is much simpler. It lacks the visual customization options that you might adjust Outlook in a wild way, but it is more concise and contains the same email functions as well as “Calendar” and “Task List” views. The similarity will make the transition to PWA (or eventually a new UI for various Outlook and Mail applications later this year) much easier.
Outlook PWA also includes easy-to-access shortcuts to other MS applications, such as Word, OneDrive, One Note, Meet, and Skype. If they use the same email address, you can even manage Xbox Live and Skype accounts from the profile settings.
This is already a more powerful surface integration with the MS ecosystem, and I am curious how it will expand once Monarch is launched in 2022.