Microsoft may have mistakenly shared a screenshot of a redesigned version of its Outlook email client for Windows. The image currently appears in the release notes for the latest beta channel update for Office for Windows (via Windows Latest) where the company detailed the new Org Explorer Outlook feature that was announced during Build last week.
However, after installing this latest beta of Outlook for Windows on one of our PCs, this redesigned Outlook app and the new Org Explorer feature could not be found. It’s possible the Office team announced the feature too early and posted the screenshot by mistake, but this redesigned Outlook app is unlike anything we’ve seen before. The image could also be a mockup because the Outlook app doesn’t even appear in the taskbar at the bottom of the screenshot.
Overall, this new client looks like a mix of the current Outlook app with its familiar ribbon and the new PWA-based “One Outlook” app that Microsoft is currently working on. The left panel with the hamburger menu, app shortcuts, and email folders seem to come straight from the Outlook web app, and you may also notice icons for settings, notifications, and more in the top corner. right of the application bar.
If you’re careful, you can also see that the background Outlook app redesign has slightly rounded corners, while the Org Explorer window above it still has the regular square corners. Microsoft is rumored to be experimenting with rounded corners for the next “Sun Valley” design update slated for Windows 10 version 21H2 later this year, although we hope more noticeable changes are in the map.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella himself teased “the next generation of Windows” at the company’s annual Build developer conference last week, and the company is expected to share more details at a dedicated digital event. which could be announced later this month. In the meantime, a new Windows 10 floating taskbar menu has been spotted in the latest versions of Windows Insider.