Microsoft’s new Outlook for Windows is missing many features

Microsoft has been working on a new Outlook app for Windows for some time, and the company started testing it with work and school accounts earlier this month. Now it’s being rolled out more broadly for Office Insiders.

Microsoft this week officially unveiled the new Outlook app for Windows, which is now available for trial for educational and corporate accounts enrolled in the Office Insiders program – unfortunately, personal Microsoft accounts are still not eligible. The new version can be accessed via a “Try a new Outlook” toggle at the top right of the app.
Try a new Outlook toggle.

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The new toggle button for trying out Microsoft’s new Outlook

As previous leaks have suggested, the new app looks more like the web version of Outlook, with a nod to the “Fluent” design language of Windows 11 and other recent updates from Microsoft. The company said in a blog post, “This release has smart new features like message reminders and a new calendar panel that puts your email, calendar, and tasks in one view. Plus, with Microsoft Loop components, you can collaborate across Outlook and Teams while staying in the flow. »

It’s not just a redesign though – there are a few new features too. You can attach files and documents stored in the cloud by typing “@” followed by the file name. It’s much quicker than just attaching a file normally, assuming you remember the document’s name (and it’s already in OneDrive). There’s also automatic reminders for new messages, a Microsoft To Do window, built-in RSVP for events, and the ability to pin emails to the top of your inbox.

The new Outlook app also supports Microsoft Loop, Microsoft’s online collaboration tool for canvas-style workspaces and documents – a bit more like Google Docs or Airtable than traditional Office apps. You could already embed Loop components in Microsoft Teams and other apps, but now they work in Outlook too. For example, Microsoft’s screenshot shows a report review table from Loop inserted into an email.

Surprisingly, Microsoft seems to anticipate that the new app will eventually replace the old Outlook app for Windows. The new version is not a separate download, and Microsoft plans to reimplement almost everything in the old version. Previous news reports suggested that the new app would primarily be aimed at people using personal Outlook.com email accounts, while businesses and educational institutions could continue using the tried and tested Outlook client (at least for a while). .

Microsoft has already published a list of features that are available in the current Outlook but not in the new version, including multi-account, offline mode, personal accounts (@outlook.com), non-Microsoft accounts (Gmail, iCloud etc.), POP emails, folder reorganization, Outlook data files (.PST) and other features. It will probably be a long time before this application replaces the current Outlook application.

It’s also unclear how this will affect the Mac version of Outlook, which was rewritten in 2019. Earlier reports said Microsoft was planning to replace all desktop versions of Outlook with the new version, but so far we only have an early Windows version.

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