In a significant move, Microsoft officially announced the discontinuation of its Windows 11 Mail and Calendar apps, setting a final end date of December 31, 2024. This decision is part of a strategic shift toward promoting app adoption Microsoft’s Outlook, which is seamlessly integrated into its Office 365 toolset.
Windows 11 users, accustomed to relying on the Mail and Calendar apps for their daily activities, will need to transition to Outlook before the specified date. The company plans to make this migration process easier by showing pop-up notifications to existing users, encouraging them to make the switch. However, users will have the option to ignore these notifications and continue using the Mail and Calendar apps until the specified deadline.
Newer Windows 11 devices, starting in 2024, will come pre-equipped with Outlook as the default mail app. This move aims to optimize the user experience and align it with Microsoft’s overall strategy. As the year progresses, Microsoft will gradually stop all updates and support for the Mail and Calendar apps, effectively making them obsolete by the end of 2024.
It is worth noting that beyond the specified date, users will no longer receive security updates or bug fixes for the Mail and Calendar applications. This underscores the importance of transitioning to Outlook for continued, secure email and calendar functionality.
A robust web application, Outlook offers users a set of advanced features, making it a faster and easier-to-use alternative. In addition to email services, Outlook includes a full calendar and to-do list feature in the “My Day” section. The integration of multiple Office applications within Outlook provides users with a centralized platform to improve productivity. Additionally, Outlook’s versatility extends to its support for third-party email accounts from providers like Gmail and Yahoo.
As Microsoft paves the way for Outlook to take center stage, users are encouraged to adopt the new app for a seamless, feature-rich email and calendar experience, the technology company said.
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