New Outlook for Windows available to all Office Insiders


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Hi, Office Insiders! My name is Margie Clinton, and I’m a Group Product Manager on the Outlook team. I’m excited to announce that the new Outlook for Windows will begin rolling out for all Office Insiders to try starting today!

Explore the new Outlook for Windows​

This past May, we expanded our work of creating a more consistent Outlook experience across endpoints (including Windows) with the release of our early preview of the new Outlook for Windows. This new Outlook for Windows is designed to provide a contemporary yet familiar Outlook experience that helps to improve personal productivity and email organization for users.

Since then, we’ve received valuable feedback from Office Insiders on Beta Channel about how to create a more consistent, feature-rich experience. We’ve taken this feedback into account and incorporated updates into this most recent rollout.

Beginning today, members of our Office Insiders community on Current Channel (Preview) will begin to have access and be able to explore new Outlook for Windows as we roll it out to the community. In the coming weeks, this experience will also be made available for Windows Insiders using a similar toggle within the Windows Mail app.

How it works​

If you are signed up as an Office Insider and running Beta Channel or Current Channel (Preview) builds, all you need to do is slide the Try the New Outlook toggle located in the upper-right corner of your classic Outlook for Windows, and follow the onscreen instructions.

NOTE: You can switch back to your previous Outlook experience whenever you want. Just switch the toggle off and it will automatically open your previous version with no data or email loss.

What’s new in Outlook for Windows?​

We’ve been listening to feedback since May and our team has been working diligently to improve the new Outlook for Windows. We’re excited to share that, in addition to numerous performance improvements, the following updates have been made:

The ability to support Microsoft accounts

Now you can add your personal Outlook.com, Hotmail, or Windows Live email accounts to this new Outlook for Windows.

Add your other Microsoft email accounts


Quick Steps

Now you can save time with the Quick Steps feature, which shows personalized triage actions that you can use repeatedly to keep your inbox clean and organized, and newsletters or important files in easy reach.

Dynamic calendar column widths

Now you can adjust the width of columns in your calendar, letting you customize how much space to give each day as you view the details of your weekly schedule.

Change the width of the columns in your calendar view.


Simplified Ribbon options

Now you see new pared-down Ribbon options give a sleeker look and feel that is easier to navigate as you email.

The simplified ribbon is sleeker and easier to navigate.


Tips in Outlook


Now you can take advantage of tips that let you know about new, useful features as they roll out so you can take advantage of them right away. You can also see Tips in the calendar board view, giving you everything you need to plan your schedule in one place.

The Tips pane (seen in the calendar board view) offers helpful suggestions about new features available to you


Updates already available​

The new features above build upon what we already made available in the early preview version in May (read more about it here) including:
  • Microsoft Loop to keep your team synced across Microsoft 365 apps
  • Using @ mention to find and attach documents
  • Intelligent assistance automatic reminders
  • Drag and drop emails to your To Do with My Day
  • The new Outlook calendar board view
  • Pinning important emails
  • Sweep to keep your Outlook inbox tidy
  • Shared mailboxes and folders for easy collaboration

What’s next?​

Features that we plan to release to our Insider community—both enterprise and consumer customers—in the upcoming months include:
  • Support for multiple email accounts within the same app. In the future you will be able to access multiple email inboxes and calendars (including both work and personal) in the same Outlook experience, just as you can today in Outlook mobile.
  • Support for third-party email accounts in Outlook for Windows, including Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and more.
  • Numerous visual updates and personalization options so you can create your preferred email experience.
  • Offline support so you can get things done and access content even when not connected to the Internet.
  • Search folders for quick and easy access to all your emails.
  • Support for web add-ins to enrich emails and calendar events with third-party apps and services like Salesforce and Zoom.
  • Native ICS file type support designed to help you easily view and manage calendar events so you never miss an important event.
If you’re a member of the Windows Insiders community, in the coming weeks you will begin to gain access to the new Outlook for Windows via a toggle—similar to what you see above—in the Mail and Calendar apps in Windows.

Requirements​

  • Minimum OS version Windows 10 Version 1809 (Build 17763)
  • A Microsoft work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account (at this time)
  • Internet connection (at this time)

Availability​

These features are rolling out to Office Insiders running Beta Channel or Current Channel (Preview) Version 2209 (Build 15629.20058) or later of Outlook for Windows.

Don’t have it yet? It’s probably us, not you.

Features are released over some time to ensure things are working smoothly. We highlight features that you may not have because they’re slowly releasing to larger numbers of Insiders. Sometimes we remove elements to further improve them based on your feedback. Though this is rare, we also reserve the option to pull a feature entirely out of the product, even if you, as an Insider, have had the opportunity to try it.

Known Issues​

Since the new Outlook for Windows is still in preview, it is likely that there might be some gaps.

Why am I not seeing the preview toggle?
  • If you are using a consumer account, the rollout to Beta Channel or Current Channel (Preview) might take some time.
  • Your organization has not added you to Beta Channel or Current Channel (Preview). You can ask your IT administrator if they can add you.
  • If you are unable to connect a Microsoft 365 work or school account to the new Outlook, contact your IT administrator.

Feedback​

We look forward to continuing to build Outlook for Windows using the valuable input we receive from you.

If you have any feedback or additional suggestions for improvements, please click Help > Feedback to let us know.

Learn what other information you should include in your feedback to ensure it’s actionable and reaches the right people. We’re excited to hear from you!

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I'm looking forward to this when it's ready for full rollout. Right now I'm using the Windows Mail + Calendar apps because Outlook on desktop looks like dogshit compared to the rest of Windows 11
 

My Computer

System One

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    Windows 11
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    "Selene"
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    AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte A520I AC Mini ITX AM4
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    G.Skill Flare X 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
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    Dell OEM RX 5700
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    LG 29UM69G-B 29.0" 1.5X Ultrawide 75 Hz Monitor
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    2560 x 1080
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    Intel 660p 1.02 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive
    PSU
    Corsair CX650M 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
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    Thermaltake Suppressor F1
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    SteelSeries APEX RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard
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    SteelSeries Rival 300 Wired Optical Mouse
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    SteelSeries Arctis 5 7.1 Channel Headset
I love the sweep feature of the new Outlook, and the layout is a bit better.

But I rely on my rules to move messages around, and until they implement that, I'm not budging.

And if they don't, I may have to move off Outlook to another client.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
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    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
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    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
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    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
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    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
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    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
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    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
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    Defender + MB 5 Beta
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    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
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    Dell Latitude E5470
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
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    Dell
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    16 GB
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    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
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    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
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    Dell laptop display 15"
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    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
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    Dell
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    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
I love the sweep feature of the new Outlook, and the layout is a bit better.

But I rely on my rules to move messages around, and until they implement that, I'm not budging.

And if they don't, I may have to move off Outlook to another client.
I'm pretty confident that enough of the current Outlook users would issue the same ultimatum, that Microsoft will bend over backwards to ensure they fully implement rules.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    "Selene"
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte A520I AC Mini ITX AM4
    Memory
    G.Skill Flare X 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dell OEM RX 5700
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 29UM69G-B 29.0" 1.5X Ultrawide 75 Hz Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p 1.02 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive
    PSU
    Corsair CX650M 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
    Case
    Thermaltake Suppressor F1
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries APEX RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Rival 300 Wired Optical Mouse
    Other Info
    SteelSeries Arctis 5 7.1 Channel Headset
This IS Microsoft we're talking about, so...

I would not be that confident. The 'new' look and feel is very modern, but also very ... consumer-ish. Not at all enterprise-class, IMO.

I do hope you're right and I am wrong. I guess only time will tell.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
This IS Microsoft we're talking about, so...

I would not be that confident. The 'new' look and feel is very modern, but also very ... consumer-ish. Not at all enterprise-class, IMO.

I do hope you're right and I am wrong. I guess only time will tell.
Does Microsoft make a habit of completely taking away needed features from enterprise users?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    "Selene"
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte A520I AC Mini ITX AM4
    Memory
    G.Skill Flare X 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dell OEM RX 5700
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 29UM69G-B 29.0" 1.5X Ultrawide 75 Hz Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p 1.02 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive
    PSU
    Corsair CX650M 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
    Case
    Thermaltake Suppressor F1
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries APEX RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Rival 300 Wired Optical Mouse
    Other Info
    SteelSeries Arctis 5 7.1 Channel Headset
In a manner of speaking - it forces uneeded features on them a lot of times.

I will say they've been doing really well with Excel here recently, so there is hope.

But, then there is also

  • Skype
  • Kaizala
  • Teams. And Teams again, and once more.

Sigh. It's almsot as if they literally spitball features into their apps sometimes.

Plus, the 'new' Outlook is already fully available and ready for use if you use outlook.com - even with an business license for Office 365 (aka Microsoft 365).
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth

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