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Microsoft is developing a new Outlook web app for Windows and Mac



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Microsoft is developing a new Outlook web app for Windows and Mac


As part of the “One Outlook” initiative of Microsoftthe company plans to introduce in the future a universal Outlook client based on the web app. According to Windows Central, the Outlook Universal Web App (codenamed Monarch) will eventually replace the default Mail and Calendar apps on Windows 10. The new app it will also replace the different Microsoft Outlook apps currently availableincluding Outlook Web, Outlook (Win32) for Windows, and Outlook for Mac.

Microsoft wants to replace existing desktop clients with an app built on web technologies. The project will deliver Outlook as a single product, with the same user experience and codebase on both Windows and Mac. Specifically, the upcoming Outlook app it will be accessible to all, regardless of whether they are free Outlook consumers or commercial business customers. Microsoft previously showed its One Outlook vision in September last year, saying it wanted to deliver to consumers an experience that seemed native to the operating systemregardless of the platform chosen.

Monarch, Microsoft’s universal mail app

Microsoft will premiere Monarch at the end of 2021, with a goal of replacing the mail and calendar apps on Windows 10 in 2022. The company also plans to replace Outlook (Win32) for Windows. However, this will be a much more monumental task considering how integrated the service is into the business.

When Monarch starts up, will offer OS integrations such as offline storage, goal sharing, notifications and more. Windows Central says the mail and calendar apps for Windows 10 have been put into maintenance mode as Microsoft goes full steam ahead with its universal Outlook client. Apps will receive one final UI change as part of the Windows 10 Sun Valley update.

According to some rumors the app would still be in the early stages of development, even for internal testers within the company. According to what has been leaked, the application does not work without a full internal Microsoft account, therefore consumers may not be able to test the app until later this year.

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