Microsoft has started rolling out an updated version of the Outlook desktop app for Windows to people who have enrolled in Office Insiders Beta Channel. The new app is similar to the one that was leaked a couple of days ago but with a few changes here and there.
The new app is based on the web version of Outlook and it brings a lot of features available on the web. These features include support for Microsoft Loop components, pinned messages, the Calendar, and To Do views. Let us take a closer look at the redesigned Outlook beta app for Windows.
Redesigned Outlook Beta App For Windows: New Features List
The redesigned Outlook app comes with support for Microsoft Loop components (formerly known as the Fluid framework), which are bits of information that can be shared across different applications, like Outlook and Teams. So, you no more have to come up with a workaround to share important things from one platform to the other.
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Then there is the calendar and To Do views. The Calendar view lets you easily see all your upcoming events, arranged by day, week, or month, which is very convenient for people who have a lot of events scheduled. The calendar and to-do lists are now accessible via a side panel, so you can quickly create to-do items or events based on emails you receive.
One totally new feature is the Board view. It allows you to create a place with your calendar, to-do lists and notes all at once place in whichever way you want, so you can stay on top of your tasks.
In addition to the aforementioned features, the new Outlook app makes it easier to attach files and documents using @mentions; just like you address a person in a conversation on WhatsApp or Slack. It also gets a new smart feature that will remind you to revert to your important emails in case you forget. With the redesigned version of Microsoft Outlook, you also get the option to pin your messages to the top of your inbox. This way, you can have the important things in your eyesight all the time. Besides, you can now RSVP top meeting requests to inform people whether you’ll be attending meetings in person or virtually.
It is to be noted that this is an update to Outlook itself and does not suggest a replacement for the Mail app that’s built into Windows 11. While the new Outlook app for Windows is only available for enterprise users as of now, it will eventually become the default experience for all desktop Outlook clients, including the built-in Mail app on Windows 11.
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