Microsoft relaunches Outlook for Mac with new design and more

Since this time last year, Microsoft has been testing a new design for Outlook on macOS. This new design is now ready to roll out to all users and will do so starting next month.

The ‘ribbon’ interface has been removed and application tools have been simplified. Outlook is now built for macOS Big Sur with a collapsable sidebar and uses Microsoft’s Fluent Design system with new icons to make it familiar to users.

Calendars and search gain major improvements, including the ability to group calendars by ones you own, shared with you and available through Microsoft 365. Search uses the company’s Microsoft Search which is apparent throughout other Office tools.

Gmail, Office 365 and accounts should sync faster, Microsoft says, thanks to its new sync technology already used on Outlook for iOS, Android and Windows 10’s Mail app. Support for IMAP and iCloud accounts is ‘coming soon’.

The new design will be available to all Office 365 or Office 2019 subscribers in October.

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