The new version of Outlook for Windows 11 (and 10) devices is available as an early preview, and in this guide, you will learn how to enable the new experience. Microsoft has introduced a redesigned version of Outlook that is identical to the web version of the service for mail and calendar but with some new features, such as a single view for email, calendar, and tasks. In addition, the new app includes support for the mica material that matches the design style of Windows 11.
A preview of the email client with the calendar view has been available for some time, but it was limited to participants of the Office Insider Program with a Microsoft 365 subscription. The latest preview of the Outlook app is available for everyone, including those using the classic desktop version of the app through a Microsoft 365 subscription and for those without a subscription using the Mail and Calendar app.
According to the company, the initial preview only supports first-party accounts from Microsoft, whether they be work, school, or personal, but the experience is for everyone, whatever accounts you use. In addition, this preview is rolling out with support to add third-party email services, such as Gmail, with access to the Google Calendar service. However, this feature is rolling out slowly, which means that it may take some time to become available to everyone.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to get early access to the new Outlook interface design on Windows 11.
Enable new Outlook app on Windows 11
To enable the new Outlook app on Windows 11, use these steps:
Open Outlook or Mail app on Windows 11.
Click the “Try the New Outlook” toggle switch.
Click the Next button.
(Optional) Choose the “No, don’t send optional data” option.
Click the Accept button.
Click the Continue button.
Click the Open Outlook button.
Once you complete the steps, the Outlook experience will be available on Windows 11, whether you have the classic version of Outlook or the Mail and Calendar app.
The experience also includes a redesigned version of the Outlook calendar experience.
If you don’t see the “Try the New Outlook” toggle switch from the top-right corner, you may need to update your email client application to make the option available. If you have the Mail and Calendar app, open the “Library” section in the Microsoft Store app, and click the “Get updates” button.
In the case that you have the desktop version of Outlook, open the app > File > Office Account, open the “Update Options” menu, and choose the “Update Now” button.