Microsoft Teams has become one of the most important services Microsoft currently offers. It has become an important part of the company's enterprise arsenal and is used by over 370 million monthly active users. This success means Microsoft is integrating Teams across its services, with Outlook next on the agenda.
Of course, Microsoft Teams already connects with Outlook, but the next step is to put Microsoft Teams apps into Outlook. According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, there is a new feature plan known as feature ID 88909.
This feature has the title “Outlook: Add apps and use them inside Outlook.” It comes with the following description:
“Apps built for Teams can also run in Outlook now. Outlook users will be able to acquire and use these updated Teams apps (with personal tabs and/or search-based message extensions) without leaving Outlook.”
Coming to One Outlook?
While Microsoft is road-mapping this feature, it seems users will need to wait a while to receive it. According to the reference, Microsoft Teams apps will come to Outlook in December 2022. By then, it could make its debut on the One Outlook app.
We have been following the progress of the development, which is known as Project Monarch, for some time. Back in January 2021 the app leaked online. Monarch takes its cues from the existing Outlook for Web. It brings many of that service's dynamics to app form as a desktop client.
When we talk about a unified email experience through Outlook, it will gather the various versions of the services from across platforms into a single app. For example, it will replace the Win32 and UWP apps on Windows 10, Outlook Web Access, and the macOS version. It will also be hosted as Outlook for Web on browsers.
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