Microsoft has announced that its Outlook for Mac client is now available as a free app on Apple’s App Store. The company detailed yesterday that users no longer need a Microsoft 365 subscription or paid license to use the macOS version of the Outlook app.
“The Outlook for Mac app complements Outlook for iOS – giving people a consistent, reliable, and powerful experience that brings the best-in-class experience of Outlook into the Apple ecosystem that so many love,” Microsoft explained. “We are rebuilding Outlook for Mac from the ground up to be faster, more reliable, and to be an Outlook for everyone.”
Microsoft is continuing to improve the new Outlook for Mac experience that launched in February 2022. The company mentioned that it has optimized the Outlook for Mac app to run faster on Apple Silicon devices. The design language of the app is consistent with the macOS and it supports unified mailboxes. It provides support for Gmail, Outlook.com, Microsoft 365, Yahoo Mail, POP, IMAP, and iCloud.
Microsoft has also announced several new features coming to the Outlook for Mac app. The company is adding a new feature that will let users view their upcoming events in Outlook. Microsoft is also planning to integrate a new Outlook Profiles feature with the Focus mode on macOS. It will enable users to assign specific accounts to different profiles to avoid distractions.
Microsoft has been testing its new web-based Outlook app on Windows PCs for quite some time now. However, the company mentioned that it has no plans to launch a progressive web app (PWA) version of Outlook for Mac.
“Just to be clear, the new Outlook for Mac is a native macOS app. Microsoft plans to continue building and maintaining best-in-class native apps on macOS and iOS. There is no plan to build a web app version of Outlook for Mac,” Microsoft added.
If you’re interested, you can download Outlook for Mac from Apple’s App Store. Have you tried the new Outlook for Mac experience? Let us know in the comments section below.