Last year, Microsoft showcased a new Outlook.com experience as a preview for Office 365 users. Since then, we have been charting the progress of this overhaul as it makes its way through testing and to full launch. Microsoft’s mail web experience is now gaining a new sign in experience for easier access.
Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, says Microsoft is adding “an easier way to sign in to Outlook on the web”. Office 365 users will soon be able to use the new login experience for Outlook.com.
“Users with an Office 365 account who use Outlook on the web can now sign in to their work or school accounts through www.outlook.com. When a user signs in through www.outlook.com, Outlook redirects them to their organization’s sign-in page, which is pre-populated with the email address they entered. From there, they just follow their organization’s sign-in process.”
This does not seem to be a preview feature and will come to all users. Koenigsbauer says that roll out will happen in December.
Signing in to @Outlook on the web just got easier! Starting in Dec., @Office365 users can sign in at //t.co/P5TTNEYOSt and will automatically be redirected to their organization or school page. Learn more: //t.co/RNULYpuU97. pic.twitter.com/QRN0qrUwQc
— Microsoft Office News (@OfficeNews) November 29, 2018
Sure, we would hardly call this a seismic change, but for businesses it could be an important one. Organizations can now swiftly direct users to Outlook.com without having to head to other Microsoft Account login portals.
The new sign in experience is part of the recently overhauled Outlook on the web client. Released fully earlier this year, the new version of Outlook.com arrived with plenty of changes.
Leading the changes was an updated UI for the Mail experience. An important addition was Skype integration, which Microsoft re-introduced the service to Outlook.com in January.
Performance will be quicker, and add-ins can be added to Outlook easier. Users will be able to integrate services like Evernote, PayPal, and more in a more efficient way.