One Outlook from Microsoft leaked, but people already think it sucks

One Outlook from Microsoft leaked, but people already think it sucks

Microsoft has been rumored to have been developing One Outlook for some time, but a new leak suggests we’re closer than ever to finally getting our hands on the all-in-one email client.

The leak was spotted by Temmie on Telegram and then posted on Twitter by @Tom Warren and it looks very similar to the current Outlook Web Service, except for the built-in window controls.

For the uninitiated, One Outlook (formerly codenamed “Project Monarch”) will see Windows 11 applications such as Outlook, Calendar and Contacts consolidated into a single app that works on PC, Mac and Web to replace existing Outlook clients for desktops, including Outlook Web, Outlook (Win32) for Windows, Outlook for Mac, and Mail and Calendar on Windows 10.

This isn’t actually the first time One Outlook has leaked. A version of the app appeared last year, but it wasn’t accessible to anyone working outside of Microsoft, so this is the first version we’ve seen that works on work and education accounts.

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Unfortunately, the new app does not seem to work on personal Outlook accounts, although those with access to an education or work account can give a twist to the beta version of One Outlook (clicking this link will download the installation file of the ‘installation).

Microsoft has yet to announce when One Outlook will be officially released to the public, but this leak at least indicates that we may not have that long to wait. Initial speculation predicted that the app would be made available to Windows Insider around April 2022 and then ready for a full release in the third quarter of this year, so while no official release date has been provided, it would appear that things are still on track.

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A unified system for Outlook applications sure makes sense, especially with so many people still using the old Windows 10 operating system, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is happy with it.

Personally I’ve always hated using the built-in Mail app because of its clunky design and I’m certainly not alone, but there’s more to an email client than style.

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