Microsoft is testing an app called One Outlook to unify its mail and calendar apps. They want to dominate the scene again with this move. Almost all other competitors (like Google and Apple) are bringing their tools together in one service.
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Microsoft will merge its mail and calendar services under One Outlook
Despite being Microsoft’s main contact, calendar, and email management platform, Outlook, ironically, is not the default solution pre-installed in Windows 10. That place belongs to the UWP Mail and Calendar applications.
Apparently, Microsoft has not given up trying to regain prestige and market share and is working on a single application that can compete with the great leader, Google’s Gmail.
According to Windows Central, Microsoft has a codename project underway “Project Monarch” that will produce a single version of Outlook that will work both on the Web and on desktop computers for Windows and Mac and x86 or ARM architectures.
This app will be a progressive web application. Also known as PWA, it seems to be the general software usage model of the future. It will offer the same experience as the current web version with some additional features to behave like native applications.
This means they will have offline storage and notification capabilities and integration with the notifications of the underlying operating system. The application will be lighter than the current apps (now in maintenance mode for future removal when One Outlook arrives) and will support current business and consumer Outlook accounts.
One Outlook will not arrive before the end of 2021, we’ll keep you updated.