Microsoft’s new Outlook e-mail client for Windows, the so-called “One Outlook” project that the company has been working on for some time, seems to be almost ready for the first time. Some users were able to download the new application as they first detected it Windows Central, although it seems to only work for work and education accounts at the moment. Those who can enter find … Well, it is more or less exactly what you would expect.
We’ve heard for a long time that the future of Microsoft mail clients will be very similar to the Outlook web application, and indeed, the new application seems to be just that. It is much lighter and simpler than previous versions of Outlook for Windows and much more powerful than the built-in Mail application that is also about to replace it. The application is fully hosted on the Internet, as Microsoft continues to transfer its services to the Web instead of running them exclusively as native applications.
Microsoft’s new One Outlook email client leaked. It is a web-based version that will eventually replace the built-in Mail application in Windows and even Win32 Outlook itself. I expect a public beta version of Build and a complete replacement of Outlook in a few years. Image: Temmie pic.twitter.com/6c3aqxC7L9
– Tom Warren (@tomwarren) May 6, 2022
“We appreciate the excitement of our next update and will have more to share in the coming weeks,” said Scott Stiles, vice president of product management for Outlook. The lip in a statement. “The version available for download is an early unsupported trial version of Outlook for Windows and lacks some of the features and enhancements available for beta testers. We encourage our customers to wait for the beta release. ”
The app is supposed to be tested in 2021, with plans to eventually replace the other customers this year. Now, it seems likely that Microsoft will officially announce the new app at the Build developer conference later this month and replace Mail, Calendar, and eventually other versions of Outlook after that. As for how it performs? We will have to wait until we can get our hands on the new application to see, but we can safely say that desktop applications that act as shells for web applications have a short history. But with Microsoft’s long-standing push for Progressive Web Applications, the future seems to be coming one way or another.
The transition will not be easy, as so many Outlook users have a long history of how the application works and an experience based on the thinnest, cleanest web application will look like a huge departure. Which means, at least for a while, Microsoft is likely to continue to have many versions of Outlook available to users. However, its way forward is clear: in the future, there is only one Outlook. And it starts with the Web.
Updated May 6, 9:00 PM ET: Updated with a comment from Microsoft.