Microsoft announced beta for Outlook for Windows. This will make the desktop client more similar to the web version. Although screenshots and the entire app build were recently leaked by Microsoft, this announcement gives us a glimpse at what features we can expect in our inboxes.
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Microsoft posted Tuesday that Outlook will get a number of new features and a refreshed design. It will integrate with Loop, Microsoft’s system for collaboration on tasks lists and polls. You can also attach files using the new system. You can use the “@” symbol to access files stored in the cloud. Then, type the filename and the filename to get a list with matching files that you can add to your email.
The web version of Outlook is the best option because you get many of the same features as the web version. The new Outlook version supports Microsoft Loop components, formerly known as Fluid framework. These bits of information can be shared across multiple surfaces like Outlook or Teams. They also support real-time editing across surfaces.
The web also offers new features such as the calendar view and To Do views. The calendar view allows you to see all your upcoming events organized by day, week or month. The brand new Board view allows you to organize important items in any way that makes sense to you. You can also see your calendar, multiple task lists and notes so you can keep track of all your tasks. A side panel allows you to quickly create events or to-do items based on emails.
The new Outlook app is still under development. There are a number of common features it does not support. Some of the planned and in-development features are not yet supported: @outlook.com accounts, IMAP mail accounts, offline use and support for working directly with.pst Outlook files.
We might get more information about the One Outlook project at Microsoft’s Build developer conference next week, which runs from May 24-26.