Earlier this month, new leaks showed Microsoft's upcoming One Outlook email client, which was developed a Project Monarch. At the time, I wrote that it was likely the app would arrive soon. Well, Microsoft is now rolling out One Outlook for Windows to the Beta Channel on the Office Insider Program.
Since May 17, the new app is available to customers with Microsoft 365 or Office 365 business and education accounts on the Beta Channel. Microsoft says current testers are paying customers. Other requirements include having their default email sending account as classic Outlook on Windows and are part of the Beta channel.
Alongside the preview release, Microsoft is announcing a new feature known as Microsoft Loop:
“With Microsoft Loop components everyone can edit and share their thoughts while staying in the flow of their work and the app they are using, Outlook or Teams – Loop components can be copied and pasted across Outlook emails and Teams chats and they always stay in sync so everyone can stay up to date wherever and whenever they work.”
This release just about squeezes into Microsoft's promise to launch the app during spring 2022. Microsoft initially planned a 2021 launch but reports earlier this year pointed to a spring 2022 release.
One Outlook takes its inspiration from the Outlook web version, matching it closely in terms of design and functionality.
One Outlook is a unified email experience, 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.
Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they'll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile.