How to enable new Outlook app UI on Windows 11

Microsoft has a new Outlook app design, and here's how to get early access on Windows 11.

Windows 11 new Outlook app
Windows 11 new Outlook app

The new version of Outlook for Windows 11 (and 10) devices is available as an early preview, and in this guide, you will learn how to enable the new experience. Microsoft has introduced a redesigned version of Outlook that is identical to the web version of the service for mail and calendar but with some new features, such as a single view for email, calendar, and tasks. In addition, the new app includes support for the mica material that matches the design style of Windows 11.

A preview of the email client with the calendar view has been available for some time, but it was limited to participants of the Office Insider Program with a Microsoft 365 subscription. The latest preview of the Outlook app is available for everyone, including those using the classic desktop version of the app through a Microsoft 365 subscription and for those without a subscription using the Mail and Calendar app.

According to the company, the initial preview only supports first-party accounts from Microsoft, whether they be work, school, or personal, but the experience is for everyone, whatever accounts you use. In addition, this preview is rolling out with support to add third-party email services, such as Gmail, with access to the Google Calendar service. However, this feature is rolling out slowly, which means that it may take some time to become available to everyone.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to get early access to the new Outlook interface design on Windows 11.

Enable new Outlook app on Windows 11

To enable the new Outlook app on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Outlook or Mail app on Windows 11.

  2. Click the “Try the New Outlook” toggle switch.

    Enable new Outlook

  3. Click the Next button.

    New Outlook privacy settings

  4. (Optional) Choose the “No, don’t send optional data” option.

    New Outlook disable data collection

  5. Click the Accept button.

  6. Click the Continue button.

  7. Click the Open Outlook button.

Once you complete the steps, the Outlook experience will be available on Windows 11, whether you have the classic version of Outlook or the Mail and Calendar app.

Windows 11 new Outlook mail
Windows 11 new Outlook mail

The experience also includes a redesigned version of the Outlook calendar experience.

Windows 11 new Outlook calendar
Windows 11 new Outlook calendar

If you don’t see the “Try the New Outlook” toggle switch from the top-right corner, you may need to update your email client application to make the option available. If you have the Mail and Calendar app, open the “Library” section in the Microsoft Store app, and click the “Get updates” button. 

In the case that you have the desktop version of Outlook, open the app > File > Office Account, open the “Update Options” menu, and choose the “Update Now” button.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].