The new version of Outlook for Windows will be made available this week. Outlook for Windows will make the email client more similar to the web version. Microsoft has been working on this redesign for a long time and released a semi-public alpha earlier this year.
The Outlook team received feedback from Office Insiders on how to create a more consistent, feature rich experience. Since May, our team has been working diligently to improve the new Outlook for Windows.
Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Windows Live email accounts are now supported in the new Outlook for Windows app. A simplified Ribbon has been added by Microsoft to improve the interface.
Office Insiders will be able to access the new app on the Current Channel preview, and Microsoft says in the coming weeks the same experience will also be available to Windows Insiders.
There are still a lot of features missing from the existing email client despite the new Outlook for Windows improvements. Multiple email accounts within the same app and support for third-party email accounts are among the things Microsoft is working on. Search for folders, web add-ins support, native ICS support, and more are on the way.
Once Outlook for Windows is at feature parity, Microsoft will replace it with this updated app. It could take many months or even years for that swap to take place.