The next generation of Microsoft Outlook is here now – but you won’t be able to try it

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The latest iteration of Microsoft Outlook is now available to selected users, the company has confirmed.

The new version of the email client is open to Office insiders to try out now, giving a glimpse of what the company sees as the future of Outlook on Windows.

Among the upgrades in the new Outlook for Windows are the ability to support all types of Microsoft email accounts, a new Quick Steps feature for quick problem resolution, and new simplified ribbon options.

Outlook Preview

Described in a company blog post (opens in a new tab)the new edition marks the first time that support for Outlook.com, Hotmail or Windows Live personal email accounts has been included, giving you access to all your accounts in one application.

New design of Microsoft Outlook

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The new Quick Steps feature seeks to help keep your inbox clean and organized by displaying “custom triage actions” you can use to keep everything tidy, as well as making sure newsletters and important files are also within easy reach.

A sleeker, cleaner ribbon is also included for easier navigation in Outlook, and dynamic calendar column widths allow for more customization based on your week’s activity.

Anyone wishing to try out the new version of Outlook will need to be a registered Office Insider running the Beta Channel or Current Channel (Preview) builds. Once this is set up, they will only need to enable the Try New Outlook option in Outlook for Windows and follow the on-screen instructions.

The launch follows a lengthy design and testing process by Microsoft as it seeks to breathe new life into Outlook.

The project, originally named “One Outlook”, saw a small-scale public beta earlier this year, but alongside the series of upgrades and new features, it has also raised concerns with reports of no more ads on iOS and Android apps.

This latest release will mark another important stepping stone for Microsoft’s design of Outlook as it heads towards a wider public launch, so stay tuned for more developments over the coming weeks and months.

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