Microsoft works on the ‘One Outlook’ application for cross-platform access: report
Microsoft has reportedly been working on a new One Outlook application that will allow cross-platform access, via Windows, Mac, and the Internet. Codenamed Monarch, the One Outlook app is in its early stages of development as of now, according to a report. The new app is intended to replace Microsoft’s built-in Mail and Calendar apps in Windows 10 for the next year. The efforts are part of Microsoft’s One Outlook vision that the company talked about last year.
Monarch is the ultimate goal of From Microsoft A vision of Outlook. The Redmond-based company seeks to bring a unique panorama client that works on platforms like Windows, Mac and the Web. According to a report by Windows Central, One Outlook is not functional without a full internal Microsoft account and will seek to replace the desktop (Win32 and Universal Windows Platform) from Outlook, Outlook on the web, and Mac OS desktop client. Monarch is expected to deliver Outlook as a single product and work with the same user experience regardless of whether it is on Windows or Mac.
Windows Central also reported that the app will feature native operating system integrations along with support for notifications, goal sharing, offline storage, and more.
Microsoft will host the full web version of the new Outlook online. The preview of the new Monarch client will only start later this year. Microsoft plans to replace the Mail and Calendar app in Windows 10 in 2022.
If you are curious about what this new experience will be like, you can install the Outlook web app through your browser. Although all the integrations intended for Monarch are not available at this time, you can get a general idea of the type of experience you can get.