Microsoft hinted today that it will complete migration of all Outlook web users to Outlook.com by the end of the summer. The company did not offer a specific date, but pointed to 2016 as a definite window for completion.
That means everyone currently using Outlook web will be using the new service in the next few months. It's hardly the bomb of the century, but good news nonetheless. Microsoft seems to be on course and completing migration to the new web app.
A Twitter user expressed a wish (below) that he would get to use Outlook.com in 2017. Microsoft's Outlook team responded with the kind of funny tease that the rollout will actually be complete summer 2016.
We're thinking 2016! 😊 Everyone will be migrated over by the end of summer at the latest.
Until now, the company has been migrating users to Outlook.com in stages. As a result, many are still using the old web service. However, responding to a tweet, Microsoft suggested all users will be using the new interface soon.
The idea behind Outlook.com is to bring the web service closer to the desktop app. Microsoft is adding more features that have been lacking on the web. In its preview launch, the company said:
“The experience for users connecting to Outlook.com from the Outlook apps for Windows or Mac is also greatly improved with this move to a new platform. Setting Automatic Replies, toggling flags and syncing categories, inbox rules and drafts are now available, providing a great Outlook experience whether you prefer to work in an app or on the web. Outlook on Windows now supports Outlook.com email aliases, while Outlook for Mac can now sync calendar and contact information.”
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