We already knew that Microsoft was working on a new MS Office version for the Mac OS users. However, they have now released the Outlook for Mac version ahead of the MS Office suite release. The new features and options included in Outlook help to improve the overall performance of the email client and add many changes to the user interface.
About the new Outlook for Mac version
This was a surprise to many Mac users, since the new MS Office version for Mac is nowhere near ready yet. According to Microsoft, they are planning to release a beta version of the new MS Office for Mac within the next few months and the final version will be released a few months after that.
It is a common policy of Microsoft to delay the release of new versions of their software programs for the rival OS platforms. The latest Outlook and MS Office suite programs are already available to the Windows OS users. However, Microsoft recently announced that they are planning to reduce this time gap between the release of Windows and non-Windows versions of their popular software programs like MS Outlook, MS Office, etc.
The new Outlook Mac version looks much different from its predecessor because of the new Metro user interface. In fact, Microsoft is overhauling all their software programs, making the user interface more touch screen-friendly. However, this Outlook for Mac version is only available to the Office 365 users at the moment.
In other words, you need to have an Office 365 account to use the latest Outlook for Mac application. Also, Microsoft is advising the users to delete all the previous versions of Outlook from the system before installing this new Outlook app to avoid unnecessary errors. So, if you are using the old Outlook 2011 Mac version, you have to uninstall it first.
This Outlook version meant only for the Office 365 users will support the Exchange Online service and also, the Outlook.com webmail service. It comes with IMAP support for adding other email service accounts like Gmail. Microsoft has improved the Outlook help features, especially the one for syncing the files and category lists. The Search function in the app has also been improved.
If you do not have an Office 365 subscription, you have to wait for a few more months until Microsoft releases the new MS Office suite for Mac. For now, continue using the old Outlook 2011 Mac OS version.
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