Microsoft has begun rolling out a new, performance-focused version of Outlook email client For individual account holders, the company has confirmed.
Previously only available to business customers, the new “One Outlook” desktop application (codenamed Project Monarch) provides compliance with Windows 11 Design concept, but also related apps like Calendar and Contacts.
Crucially, the app brings the ability to manage Gmail, Yahoo and other inbox feeds appearancea boon for anyone running multiple e-mail Accounts across different service providers.
Ads into Outlook
While many Outlook users, especially those running less powerful hardware, will welcome the sleek new app and additional features, the festivities may be tempered by separate developments.
According to reports edgeMicrosoft began placing more ads in Outlook’s inbox feeds across iOS and Android apps.
Previously, users could avoid Outlook ads on mobile devices (disguised as regular emails to encourage clicks) by opting for a single inbox experience, rather than a tabbed alternative that separates the most important messages from the rest.
However, over the past few months, Microsoft has also started delivering ads to a single inbox feed, meaning users have no choice but to subscribe Microsoft 365 If they want to avoid ads.
Since the change started rolling out, users have voiced their displeasure on platforms like Twitter and Reddit, and hit Apple App Store listings with one-star reviews.
Overall, Outlook users are conflicted about the direction of the service. On the one hand, Microsoft is working to create a more consistent inbox experience across all platforms, but again, the company no longer seems willing to offer free rides to anyone who isn’t willing to pay for a full subscription.