Microsoft’s future messaging is in beta

Microsoft’s future email client, One Outlook, is coming to beta for members of the Windows Insider test program. This “unified” software should arrive this fall to replace the Windows Mail application and the Outlook.com webmail service.

Last week, leaks on the web gave a glimpse of the Microsoft-signed email software that should replace the Mail application in Windows 10 and Windows 11. One Outlook, that’s its name, is made today less discreet. The publisher offers it in beta version to members of the Insider program registered to evaluate the test versions of the elements of the Office 365 suite. For them, a small button at the top right of the Outlook window allows you to activate the new messaging client… and also to reveal a little more about the new features that await us.

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As we mentioned last week, for all users of Outlook Online – Outlook.com, Microsoft’s webmail – there will be no surprises in terms of design. One Outlook and Outlook Online look alike like two drops of water. The tool focuses on adding functions including mail management. The software will for example pin the emails it deems important at the top of the list but also remind you to answer an email awaiting a response from you. You can pin emails yourself so you don’t forget them.

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In the same way, and since One Outlook also integrates the synchronize calendar with its OneDrive online service, you can respond to an invitation to an appointment by indicating whether you will go there or if you will attend it remotely.

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One Outlook will also make it easier to manage attachments in emails. Provided the items are stored on One Drive, simply typing the @ symbol will find and add a document to mail, similar to adding recipients. Practice.

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Finally One Outlook also seems to be cut out for collaborative work. Microsoft has integrated the Loop function which allows you to manage elements on which several collaborators are working simultaneously. Everyone can modify and share their progress whether they use Outlook or Teams. Loop components can be copied and pasted into Outlook emails and Teams chats. Everything stays in sync online.

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No date is yet indicated for the official launch of One Outlook. Microsoft says its development is still ongoing and more improvements and features are expected to be added. Finally, remember that there is a very simple way to replace Mail with the application version of Outlook Online without paying a penny. All you have to do is transform the web service into an application using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as we describe in our practical sheet. An operation that works on both PC and Mac. A good way to wait while waiting for the official release of One Outlook.

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