Microsoft prepares huge Outlook improvements for macOS

Microsoft prepares huge Outlook improvements for macOS


The new Outlook will be better than ever.
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Microsoft is preparing to make its Outlook app for macOS better than ever. An overhaul will introduce new sync technology and big performance improvements, as well as welcome design tweaks.

Here’s what you can expect.

Outlook on iOS has become one of the best email apps there is, thanks to its clean design, snappy experience, and excellent feature-set. But Outlook on desktop has been left behind.

On macOS, in particular, Outlook shows its age and lags behind other third-party offerings. But Microsoft is about to start testing a huge update that changes that.

Outlook on macOS is getting an overhaul

The upcoming release, which will enter beta testing this week, introduces new sync technology — the same technology found in Outlook on Android and iOS.

It will let you access your email faster, even with Gmail accounts, by taking advantage of Microsoft’s cloud services. And it will do a better job of proving a seamless experience across platforms.

Outlook on macOS is also going to look a lot better. Microsoft will improve reading and writing emails with a new user interface, featuring collapsible panels and a customizable toolbar.

New features will be added, like the ability to ignore emails. There’s also a “My Day” view, which lets you see what’s coming up on your calendar, and improved search with new filters.

Try out the new Outlook

The changes bring Outlook for Mac in line with its counterparts on Windows, mobile, and the web. And they make for a more compelling experience that had disappeared long ago.

You’ll get the chance to try out the Outlook beta by clicking the “New Outlook” toggle when it becomes available inside Outlook for Mac this week. It will appear in the top-right corner of the window.

Microsoft says it is planning further updates and improvements over the coming months. It’s not yet clear when the new Outlook will become the default for everyone on macOS.

Via: The Verge