Microsoft is working on a new email client under its Outlook brand. The project codenamed “Project Monarch” aims to build a cross-platform experience.   The new Outlook could be viewed as a reboot of the Mail & Calendar app. There have always been many ways to launch Outlook on Windows, so Microsoft believes it is time for a universal email client. 

Presently, Windows 10 and Windows 11 versions come pre-installed with an app called Mail & Calendar. The Mail & Calendar app is based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design and UWP principles, and it comes with a design that is reminiscent of the Windows 10 user interface.   

But Mail & Calendar is limited, and many users prefer the original Outlook desktop app over Mail UWP. With the new Outlook app, Microsoft wants to consolidate the Outlook apps into one application that can manage your mail across all supported desktop platforms.   

Microsoft is planning to launch 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 expected in fall 2022 and should be preinstalled with Windows 11 22H2.   

One Outlook will be available for Windows, macOS and on the Web. It will be offered on Windows 11 and Windows 10, but One Outlook will not replace Mail and Calendar – users will be able to migrate at their own pace soon.    

2W Tech is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has IT consultants on staff who specialize in Microsoft Office 365 solutions. Give us a call today to learn about Outlook and the rest of the Microsoft Office suite of products. 

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