The new Outlook app, included in Office version 16.42 or above, has many new features and improved experiences.
How to try the new experience
- Select Check for Updates to install the latest Outlook update.
- Open Outlook, then turn on the New Outlook switch.
What’s new in Outlook for Mac
The new Outlook has many new features and improved experiences, including:
Choose commands to display in the Toolbar. In the Toolbar, select the more icon
Search is now powered by Microsoft Search and has better results and suggestions. Click in the search field or use keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+F to search.
View upcoming events in agenda or day view in the main window for mail. Select Task Pane in the View menu or use keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+] to turn Task Pane on or off.
Improved RSVP to meetings
Respond to meeting invites with email responses to the organizer directly from the Reading Pane. Type a message in the text field in the meeting invite and select Accept, Tentative, Decline, or Propose New Time.
More Office 365 Groups, including Calendars
View all your Office 365 Groups in Mail and Calendar view. In Mail, Groups are located under the Groups node for your account. In Calendar, Groups are located after calendar folders for your account.
Nested compose in the Reading Pane
Reply to messages without opening a new compose window. Select Reply, Reply All, or Forward in the Reading Pane, Toolbar, or Message menu or use keyboard shortcuts Command+R, Shift+Command+R, or Command+J.
Delete all messages in a conversation, including messages already received and any new messages. Select Ignore Conversation in the Toolbar, Message menu, or message context menu, then confirm that you want to ignore the conversation.
Improved event scheduling
Create events by selecting a time block in the calendar grid. Add event details, including attendees and locations, and view attendee availability directly in the popover before sending.
When creating a new meeting, view attendee availability directly in the event window and adjust the time of the event by moving the event within the day view.
For meetings with large numbers of attendees, use the Scheduling Assistant to view availability, add and remove attendees, and reserve resources (such as conference rooms).
Don’t want to be disturbed? Snooze notifications in Outlook for Mac with the Do not disturb feature.
Outlook includes MailTips, which help you avoid common, but potentially costly or embarrassing, mistakes. MailTips alerts can be triggered by actions including clicking Reply All to a large recipient list, sending sensitive information to someone outside your organization, or sending a message to someone who is out of office.
Give colleagues more insight into your availability by setting “Working Elsewhere” as your calendar status for events or appointments.
Outlook helps you show up prepared to your meetings by suggesting emails and files that are relevant to the event or attendees.
3-day Calendar view
Updates to the calendar gives you extra flexibility with a 3-day view to more clearly see meetings and events if you have a full schedule.
Features not yet available in the new Outlook for Mac
There are several features that are available in the current version of Outlook for Mac for Office 365 that aren’t yet available in the new Outlook experience.
- Block sender
- Contact lists
- Online archive
- Resend message
- S/MIME – Now available in Insider Fast version 16.43 (20100803)
The product team knows about and is investigating the following issues in the new Outlook for Mac:
- Calendar events opened from .ics files can’t be saved into accounts
- Mail and events can’t be moved or copied between accounts
- Shared calendars can’t be added using Open Other User’s Folder
- Delegated and shared inboxes can’t be added using Open Other User’s Folder