Microsoft plans to replace the Mail and Calendar apps in Windows 11 with the new Outlook app starting in September 2024.
New Outlook app to offer rich features and a better user experience in Windows 11
According to the announcement, Microsoft will be replacing the Mail and Calendar apps with the new version of the new web-based management tool, the Outlook app.
Currently, the new Outlook app is available to Office Insiders, anyone can switch to the new version by just enabling the “Try the New Outlook” toggle switch from the top-right corner. With users mail and calender in one app, the new Outlook is designed to deliver an enhanced user experience.
Features offered in the new Outlook app
Starting in early 2024, new PCs running Windows 11 will bundle the new Outlook as the default email client for every installation. The new Outlook app offers a number of new features, including:
- A unified inbox that displays messages from all of the user’s email accounts in one place
- A new calendar view that makes it easier to see user’s upcoming events
- A new task manager that helps users stay organized
- AI-powered features that allow users write better emails
Microsoft is replacing the Mail and Calendar apps with the new Outlook app for a number of reasons:
- The new Outlook app is more feature-rich and offers a better user experience than the Mail and Calendar apps.
- The new Outlook app is based on the latest web technologies, which makes it more secure and reliable.
- The new Outlook app is easier to develop and maintain than the Mail and Calendar apps.
- The new Outlook app includes support for the mica material to match the design style of Windows 11.
Availability of Outlook app in Windows 11
The new Outlook app will be free for all Windows 11 users. However, some features like the ability to use multiple email accounts, will require an Office 365 subscription.
Users will need to switch to the new Outlook app when it becomes available in September 2024. Users can do this by downloading the new Outlook app from the Microsoft Store or using the built-in update feature in Windows 11.
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