Microsoft has plans to replace Outlook for Mac with a new universal web-based Outlook client, says a report from Windows Central.
The report says the new client, codenamed “Monarch,” is part of Microsoft’s “One Outlook” vision the company detailed last year. Monarch is intended to create a single client for use across the Mac, Windows, and web platforms.
The new client will also replace the default Mail and Calendar apps on Windows 10 and unify Microsoft’s entire selection of Outlook apps.
The new client is said to be based on the current Outlook web app, so users can get an idea of how the replacement app will look and how it will function once it is released.
The app will have a much smaller footprint and be accessible to all users whether they’re free Outlook consumers or commercial business customers.
Windows Central says the app will feature native OS integrations with support for things like offline storage, share targets, notifications, and more.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to preview the new Outlook client toward the end of 2021 and has plans to replace the Mail and Calendar apps in Windows 10 in 2022. The report does not mention a possible timeframe for Outlook app depreciation on the Mac platform.