Today we have an exciting announcement to share about the evolution of Microsoft Outlook for macOS. Don’t have Outlook on your Mac yet? Get the native Outlook for Mac app in the App Store or via direct download.
An image demonstrating the user interface of Outlook for Mac.
Outlook for Mac is now free to use
Now consumers can use Outlook for free on macOS, no Microsoft 365 subscription or license necessary.
Whether at home, work or school, Mac users everywhere can easily add Outlook.com, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo! or IMAP accounts in Outlook and experience the best mail and calendar app on macOS. The Outlook for Mac app complements Outlook for iOS – giving people a consistent, reliable, and powerful experience that brings the best-in-class experience of Outlook into the Apple ecosystem that so many love.
Outlook makes it easy to manage your day, triage your email, read newsletters, accept invitations to coffee, and much more.
Bring your favorite email accounts
One of Outlook’s strengths is helping you manage multiple accounts in a single app. We support most personal email providers and provide powerful features, such as viewing all your inboxes at once and an all-mailbox search to make managing multiple email accounts a breeze.
An image demonstrating examples of personal email providers supported in Outlook.When you log into Outlook with a personal email account, you get enterprise-grade security, with secure sign-on to authenticate and protect your identity—all while keeping your email, calendar, contacts, and files protected.
Outlook is built natively for Mac
With Outlook, you’ll get a modern and native app designed and optimized for macOS. And these enhancements go far beyond surface level. The new Outlook is optimized for Apple Silicon, with snappy performance and faster sync speeds than previous versions.
Outlook for Mac does more to integrate into the Apple platform so that you get the most from your macOS device. To help you stay on top of your email and calendar while using other apps, you can view your agenda using a widget and see reminders in the Notification Center. We are also creating a peek of upcoming calendar events in the Menu Bar (coming soon).
An image demonstrating previews of the Menu Bar (left), a Notification Center reminder (top right), and a Widget (bottom right) in Outlook for Mac.
We know life is multifaceted and Outlook is leveraging the Apple platform to support you by making it easier to switch contexts. With our new Handoff feature, you can pick up tasks where you left off between iOS and Mac devices, so you can get up and go without missing a beat*.
An image demonstrating the Handoff feature in Outlook for Mac on a desktop and mobile device.
We understand it’s more important than ever to protect your time. The new Outlook Profiles (coming soon) allow you to connect your email accounts to Apple’s Focus experience. With Outlook Profiles, you won’t get unwanted notifications at the wrong time so you can stay focused on that important work email, with no distractions from your personal email.
An image demonstrating the Outlook Profiles feature in Outlook for Mac.
Your hub to help you focus
Outlook provides a variety of ways to help you stay focused and accomplish more by helping you decide what you want to see and when. For people with multiple accounts, the all-accounts view lets you manage all your inboxes at once, without having to switch back and forth. It’s a great way to see all new messages that come in so you can choose how to respond.
Outlook also has more options for keeping important emails front and center**. The Focused Inbox automatically sorts important from non-important messages so you can easily find them with a toggle above the message list and add frequently used folders to Favorites to find them easily. Outlook also gives you power to prioritize messages your way. You can pin messages in your inbox to keep them at the top or snooze non-urgent messages until you have time to reply. Categories and flagging are available as well. With so many options for organizing email, you can make Outlook work for you.
An image providing a preview of the Focused Inbox and Swipe Gestures features in Outlook for Mac.
With Outlook, you can stay on top of your daily schedule from anywhere in the Mac app. Open My Day in the task pane to view an integrated, interactive calendar right from your inbox. Not only can you see upcoming events at a glance, but you can view event details, RSVP, join virtual meetings, and create new events from this powerful view of your calendar.
We are thrilled to invite all Mac users to try our redesigned Outlook app with the latest and greatest features for macOS. Download Outlook for free in the App Store.
There is more to do and many more features we are excited to bring to the Outlook Mac experience. We are rebuilding Outlook for Mac from the ground up to be faster, more reliable, and to be an Outlook for everyone.
Michael Palermiti, Partner Product Group Manager for Outlook has issued this clarification: The new Outlook for Mac is a native macOS app. Microsoft plans to continue building and maintaining best-in-class native apps on macOS and iOS. No Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are planned for Mac Outlook.
*The Handoff feature requires downloading Outlook for Mac from the App Store and login to your iOS device and macOS using the same AppleID.
**Categories only available with Outlook.com, MSN.com, Live.com, and Hotmail.com accounts. Focused Inbox, Snooze, and Pinning are not available with accounts that don't sync using Microsoft Sync Technology. Click here for more information.
*** Users who upgrade from point-in-time license, such as Outlook 2016, will see ads in the new Outlook. Add a Microsoft 365 subscription to remove ads. We are investigating a bug for users switching from Outlook 2016 to the new Outlook in the App Store.