Microsoft’s new Outlook for Windows is missing a lot of features

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Microsoft has been working on a new Outlook desktop app for a while now, and the company started testing it with work and school accounts earlier this month. It is now rolling out more widely for Office Insiders.

Microsoft officially revealed the new Outlook app for Windows this week, which is now available to test corporate and school accounts enrolled in the Office Insiders program; sadly, personal Microsoft accounts still can’t join the fun. The new version can be accessed with the “Try the new Outlook” option at the top right of the app.

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As previous leaks indicated, the new app is more like the web version of Outlook, with a hint of the “Fluid” design language that’s present in Windows 11 and other recent updates from Microsoft. The company said in a blog post: “This version has smart new features like message reminders and a new calendar dashboard that puts your email, calendar, and to-dos in the same view. Plus, with Microsoft Loop components, you can collaborate in Outlook and Teams without missing a beat.”

However, this is not just a redesign, there are also some new features. You can attach files and documents stored in the cloud by typing “@”, followed by the file name. That’s a lot faster than attaching a file normally, assuming you remember what the document is called (and it’s already on OneDrive). There are also automatic reminders for new messages, a dashboard for Microsoft To Do, built-in RSVP functionality for events, and the ability to pin emails to the top of your inbox.

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The new Outlook app also supports Microsoft Loop, which is Microsoft’s online collaboration tool for canvas-style documents and workspaces, 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. Microsoft’s screenshot shows a Loop report review table pasted into an email, for example.

Surprisingly, Microsoft is apparently planning for the new app to eventually replace the current legacy Outlook app for Windows. The new version is not a separate download, and Microsoft plans to redeploy almost everything found in the previous version. Previous news reports indicated that the new app would be primarily aimed at people using personal Outlook.com email accounts, while corporate and educational customers could continue to use the tried-and-true Outlook client (at least for a while). plus).

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Microsoft has already released a long list of features available in current Outlook but missing from the new version, including multi-account personal accounts, offline (@ Outlook.com), non-Microsoft accounts (Gmail, iCloud, etc.) , POP Emails, Folder Reordering, Outlook Data Files (.PST), and other features. will probably be a long time before this replaces the current Outlook app.

It’s also unclear how this will affect the Mac version of Outlook, which was rewritten in 2019. Previous reports indicated that Microsoft planned to replace all desktop versions of Outlook with the new version, but so far, all we have is an older version. of Windows.

Source: Office Insider, Outlook Blog