Microsoft releases a completely free version of Outlook for MacOS
If you are a MacOS user and send and receive a lot of email, you can now use one of the best email clients for free. Microsoft has just announced that its Outlook for Mac application is now available to download and use for free from the Mac App Store.
Previously, macOS users had to sign up for a paid Microsoft 365 subscription in order to access Outlook, but that barrier has now been removed. Microsoft says:
Whether at home, at work or at school, Mac users everywhere can easily add Outlook.com, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo or IMAP accounts to Outlook and experience the best mail and calendaring app on MacOS. The Outlook for Mac app complements Outlook for iOS - giving people a consistent, reliable and powerful experience, bringing the best Outlook experience to the Apple ecosystem that so many people love.
The application itself has been redesigned, and Microsoft says it has also been optimised to run well on Macs with "Apple silicon" (a reference to the company's internal M1 and M2 chips). Microsoft says these users can expect "faster performance and sync speeds than previous versions".
If you also use Outlook on your iPhone or iPad, you'll be able to use the Outlook Handoff feature so you can keep track of your email on both devices, and if you switch between products, it can continue to work while you're away. Microsoft says more features are in development for the Outlook Mac client.
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