Microsoft is showing off upcoming redesigns of Outlook for Mac

Since last fall, Microsoft has been working on a redesigned version of the email and calendar program Outlook for Mac. It is expected to be released to the public in mid-October, Microsoft writes in one blog posts.

After the presentation of Mac OS 11 Big Sur this summer, Microsoft put its designers on further refining the graphic design so that it fits into Big Sur’s design language, which includes rounded corners on the window, areas within the window, buttons and more.

At the same time, Microsoft is based on its own Fluent Design language for, for example, the icons in the left column, the toolbar and other parts of the interface. According to the company, the goal is to make Outlook feel like a Mac program while clearly belonging to the Office family.

The new version’s interface is also more customizable. For example, you can rearrange the panels that fill the window, and there are many more settings for the sidebar, message list, and more.

Another novelty is a special view for people, contacts and colleagues, separated from messages and calendar. There you can see contact information and add notes, start Teams chats and highlight favorites.

New Outlook will initially support Microsoft and Google accounts, while Icloud and imap accounts will come later.