Microsoft’s push to update all of its classic apps for Windows 11 has now shifted to its messaging platform.
After revamping basic tools like Paint, Word and even Notepad, the company is now reportedly hard at work on a refresh to its Outlook email platform.
The work, named Project Monarch, will seek to update email to Windows 11, providing a truly cross-platform experience for users who want to embrace hybrid working.
News of Project Monarch first surfaced in January 2021 amid rumors that Microsoft was looking to unite all of its email programs under one brand, as well as replace the current calendar app in Windows.
The new client has been said to work on Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS, and the web, allowing Microsoft to replace its existing Outlook Win32, UWP, and Outlook for Mac clients with one that provides a unified experience across all platforms. forms the same way Outlook for the web works.
Now, WindowsLatest says new references on Microsoft’s website suggest the new program could see a public preview of the One Outlook app in late March or April 2022, before expanding to other Insider channels this summer ahead of a general launch in the fall of 2022.
Both classic and new One Outlook apps will be available simultaneously to begin with, giving users the ability to manage their switch.
The site claims that a Microsoft support document it uncovered shows that the app’s new interface will be similar to Outlook Web. This includes the rounded corners and icons already seen in a series of new Windows 11 apps as Microsoft seeks to offer a unified design approach.
The news comes after a series of recent updates and upgrades for Outlook as Microsoft seeks to breathe new life into the software.
This includes an upcoming update that will allow Outlook web users to customize the color of events in their calendar app, the launch of spelling and grammar checks for Outlook on the mobile platform, and another update to enable users to set a notice indicating where they work. , whether at home, in the office or elsewhere.