Windows 11’s new Outlook app ready for personal accounts

  • Outlook app for Windows 11 now supports personal accounts.
  • However, you can only use a Microsoft account at this time.
  • Support for Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and others are under development.
  • You can download the app to test its features.

The new Outlook app for Windows 11 now includes support for personal accounts. Although the first preview of its One Outlook (Project Monarch) app has been available for testers in the Beta Channel since May, it only included support for commercial customers with Microsoft 365 business and education accounts. However, the app has received an update (via Windows Central) to support personal accounts.

The only caveat is that it only supports Microsoft accounts. You cannot use (at this moment) other services, such as Gmail, Yahoo, Apple’s iCloud, or other services using IMAP.

One Outlook (or simply Outlook) is a desktop application that looks identical to the web version but with some new features. For example, this email client includes a single view for email, calendar, and tasks.

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While the new experience offers a familiar interface with new capabilities, some essential features are still missing. For instance, Outlook does not support offline mode, and you cannot add multiple accounts. However, these features are under development, and other features like Outlook data (.pst) and Folder reordering are part of the roadmap.

The idea with the new Outlook app is to replace the legacy Mail and Calendar apps that come built-in to Windows 11, but since it’s still beta and many features are still missing, it’ll take a long time for Microsoft to replace it.

If you want to try the app, you can download the latest preview of Outlook from the Microsoft servers. Once you download the “.exe” file, launch it to complete the installation, and sign in with your Microsoft account.

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