As part of Microsoft’s One Outlook “initiative, the company reportedly plans to introduce a universal Outlook client based on the web app.
According to Windows Central, the universal Outlook Web app (codenamed Monarch) will replace the standard Mail & Calendar apps on Windows 10. The new app will also replace the many different Microsoft Outlook apps available, including Outlook Web, Outlook (Win32) for Windows and Outlook for Mac.
Microsoft wants to replace existing desktop clients with an app built with web technologies. The project will deliver Outlook as a single product, with the same user experience and code base, whether on Windows or Mac.
In particular, the upcoming Outlook app will be available to everyone, whether they are free Outlook consumers or commercial business customers, Windows Central so. Microsoft previously detailed its One Outlook vision in September last year, saying it wanted to offer consumers an experience that feels native to the operating system, no matter which platform they choose.
Microsoft will reportedly preview Monarch by the end of 2021
When Monarch launches, it will reportedly offer OS integrations such as offline storage, sharing destinations, alerts and more. Windows Central claims Mail & Calendar apps for Windows 10 are put into maintenance mode as Microsoft goes too full with its universal Outlook client. The apps will reportedly receive a final UI fix as part of Windows 10’s Sun Valley update, but that’s it.
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A leaked version of the Microsoft Outlook web app was discovered on Twitter by user @WinObs. A description of the app says that One Outlook is only for “brave food fishermen”, which is actually a warning that things are in the very early stages, even for internal testers. The Verge reports that the leaked app does not work without a full internal Microsoft account, so consumers can not test it until the end of this year.