Microsoft is creating a new improved Outlook client that is reported to replace the Windows Mail and Calendar app and to combine its functions in one tool. The new app, aptly named One Outlook, is based on the Outlook web browser and is codenamed “Monarch”.
An Outlook was first discovered by Twitter user Richard Hay (@WinObs). His tweet also features a few other elements that people who want to try One Outlook should know about. The description of the app first states that the project is under development and mentions that users must continue to use the regular Outlook Desktop App / Outlook Web for full functionality. Outlook requires a reliable internet connection and does not work offline.
The new One Outlook app is currently not functional even without an internal Microsoft account. It is also referred to as “brave dog food” only. In some cases, “dog food” is a common jargon used to describe early access software while it is in the testing and improvement phase. This further confirms that the tool is still under development and not yet stable enough for everyday use.
– Richard Hay (@WinObs) January 4, 2021
A Windows Central schedule suggests that One Outlook will be a larger testing program by the end of this year. This could indicate a mass-stable introduction of the new app somewhere in 2022.
In other news, Microsoft is also working on a completely new revamped version of the Windows operating system. According to a report by The edgeThe eagerly anticipated Windows 10 successor from Microsoft could, among other things, work on an improved tablet mode and changes to the user interface.