In the ever-evolving world of technology, change is the only constant. Microsoft, a leading player in the tech industry, is no stranger to this concept. In a significant move, Microsoft has announced that it will replace the default Mail and Calendar applications with the new Outlook for Windows application in 2024.

The Journey of Mail and Calendar Apps

Since their launch with Windows 10 in 2015, the Mail and Calendar apps have been integral components of the Windows operating system. These apps continued to be part of the default application bundle when Microsoft launched Windows 11 in late 2021. However, the journey of these apps is set to take a new turn as Microsoft plans to phase them out and introduce the new Outlook for Windows application.

The New Outlook for Windows Application

Microsoft began working on the new Outlook app several years ago and started testing it with Microsoft 365 Insiders in May 2022. In April 2023, Microsoft added a toggle to the then-default Outlook app for Windows, allowing users to try out the new Outlook app. This move was designed to give users the freedom to explore the new application without any pressure.

The new Outlook for Windows application can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Starting September 2024, the Mail and Calendar apps will no longer be available for download or use. In the meantime, users of these apps may see tips informing them about the upcoming changes.

Who Can Use the New Outlook for Windows Application?

The new Outlook for Windows application will be usable by Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscribers, as well as users with personal email accounts. This means that even users without a subscription to Microsoft 365 or Office 365 can use the new Outlook app.

Microsoft has made several changes to Outlook in 2023. For instance, the Outlook app for Mac devices was made free for all users, and two-factor authentication capabilities were introduced into the mobile Outlook applications.

The discontinuation of the Mail and Calendar apps is a significant change that will affect many users. However, Microsoft’s commitment to providing a seamless transition to the new Outlook for Windows application is evident. As we look forward to this new chapter in Microsoft’s journey, it’s clear that the tech giant is committed to continually evolving and improving its offerings to enhance user experience.