Last year in May, Microsoft debuted the New Outlook for Windows, though in limited preview to users that are part of the Office Insider program. The new entry has been in the testing phase for almost a year in the Beta Channel, and Microsoft is now getting ready to avail it to more users.
According to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, more people will be able to access the new Outlook for Windows app via a toggle which will allow them to transition from the legacy version to the new app. Office Insiders part of the Beta and Preview Channel already had access to this toggle but it is shipping for users in the Current Channel as early as April.
It should be noted that the New Outlook only supports Microsoft Exchange Online and personal Microsoft accounts at the moment. Therefore, if you’re an Outlook user and you don’t meet the requirements highlighted above, you’ll not be able to access the toggle that allows you to make the transition. Of course, having a Microsoft 365 subscription is also paramount.
Microsoft has indicated that there are elaborate measures being put in place to enhance support for more accounts in the next couple of months. This move shows the company’s intent to roll out the new web-based app in the near future which is set to eventually replace the legacy app.
While the New Outlook shipped with a host of new features like loop components, message reminders for important emails, pinned items, and more, it seems to be missing important features that are part of the classic Outlook for Windows. For instance, multi-account, offline support, and more.
Microsoft is yet to announce when it plans to replace the legacy app. In related news, the company recently availed Outlook to macOS users for free.