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Microsoft has recently announced a new update for Outlook on the Mac that promises to deliver a speed and sync performance boost. The software giant has optimized Outlook for Apple Silicon, making it faster and more efficient on Apple’s latest chipsets. This move should come as great news to Mac users who have long complained about Outlook’s sluggish performance on the platform.
But that’s not all. In a major change to its business model, Microsoft has also made Outlook for Mac available as a free app. Previously, Mac users had to have a Microsoft 365 subscription or a paid license to access the software, while iOS users could use the app for free. This move is likely to make Outlook a much more attractive proposition for Mac users, who may have been put off by the cost of using the software.
Outlook for Mac offers users a range of features, including email, calendars, contacts, and more. It is also compatible with non-Microsoft services such as Gmail and iCloud email, making it a viable alternative to Apple’s built-in Mail app. Microsoft has also added widget support for Outlook’s calendar feature, and a Menu Bar mini-app is coming soon.
For those who use Apple’s Focus feature to manage their notifications, Microsoft has promised an upcoming update that will integrate Outlook with this functionality. This means that Outlook profiles will integrate with Focus modes, giving users individual control over their work and personal inboxes.
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Microsoft has described Outlook for Mac as a complete redesign and rebuild from the ground up. The new version is very similar to the iPhone and iPad versions of the app, with features such as Microsoft’s Focused Inbox feature and swipe gestures making their way to the Mac. The result is a more streamlined and intuitive experience for users, which should make managing email and calendars on the platform much easier.
Outlook for Mac is available for free on the App Store, and a direct download from Microsoft is also available. However, Handoff between Apple devices requires the App Store release. With its new free offering and optimized performance, Outlook for Mac is now a serious contender for those looking to improve their email and calendar management on the platform.