Microsoft took off the preview tag for the new Outlook.com experience back in February, and the company indicated that they would roll it out to millions of users each and every week. The new Outlook.com brings Microsoft’s free email service to the same backend as Office 365, thus providing access to many of the features and add-ins that have been developed for Office 365. New features for online users include the Clutter inbox and add-ins like Skype, Uber, PayPal, and more.
Many have been eagerly anticipating the upgrade since it was first unveiled in May of 2015. But the rollout of the new service hasn’t come as quickly as many had hoped. In April, Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet found out more about the progress of the rollout, including the simple fact that the transition is a complicated project requiring the migration of 400 million accounts to a new infrastructure. It turns out that the type of features and capabilities you use with Outlook.com (stuff like how many different types of shared calendars you’re account is connected to) determine when and how Microsoft rolls out the new Outlook.com experience.
Regardless, many are still left waiting. In April Microsoft promised by the end of the summer that the migration would be complete. But that didn’t stop one user on Twitter from saying he feels like 2017 is his lucky year to try the new Outlook.
@BrettHowse We're thinking 2016! ? Everyone will be migrated over by the end of summer at the latest.
— Outlook (@Outlook) July 13, 2016
Windows Central spotted the tweet and Outlook team’s response. The Outlook team tweeted back assuring that everyone on Outlook.com will be migrated over to the new site “by the end of summer at the latest.”
As it is already July, hopefully those left waiting will start to see their fortunes change soon. Has the new Outlook.com made its way to your inbox yet? Let us know in the comments section below.