Microsoft is slowly updating existing apps with a fresh look for Windows 11. In addition to Paint, Notepad, Snipping Tool, and other apps, Microsoft is also working on a new email client under the Outlook brand. The project is codenamed ‘Project Monarch’ and its goal is to create a cross-platform email experience for everyone.
This new Outlook could be promoted as a Mail & Calendar app reset. There are many ways to launch Outlook on Windows, which is why Microsoft thinks it’s time for a truly universal email client.
Right now, versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 come pre-installed with an app called Mail & Calendar. The Mail & Calendar app is based on the company’s Fluent Design and UWP principles, and comes with a design reminiscent of the Windows 10 user interface.
The Mail & Calendar app has its own limitations and many users prefer the original Outlook desktop app or even the web app over Mail UWP. With the new Outlook app, Microsoft wants to consolidate Outlook apps into one unified app that can manage your mail across all supported desktop platforms.
First look at the new Outlook app for Windows
Microsoft plans to release the first public preview of the One Outlook app in late March or April before expanding it to other Insider channels in the summer. General availability is currently planned for fall 2022 and we expect the app to come pre-installed with Windows 11 22H2.
According to references found on the Microsoft website, One Outlook will be available for Windows, macOS, and on the web. Initially, it will be offered only on Windows 11 or Windows 10, but it won’t replace the Mail and Calendar app anytime soon. Instead of forcing users to migrate to the new Outlook, both apps will remain available in Windows 11 side by side.
At some point in the future, we expect the new Outlook to replace all Outlook apps in Windows 10 and Windows 11. It’s not yet clear when that might happen.
Thanks to another support document, we know that the interface of the new Outlook will be similar to Outlook web. As you can see from the screenshot above, the web-based Outlook app will have rounded corners and the icons inside it will also have rounded edges to give it a more modern look.
Just like the rest of the web apps, One Outlook will also support the Start menu, taskbar, notifications, and other Windows 11 features.
Microsoft will confirm the rumored details sometime this spring, possibly around the Build 2022 developer conference, according to media reports.