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Microsoft is finally bringing Outlook.com into the 21st century

10 August 2017, 11:34 | Patty Hardy

FYI: Here's how you can try out Microsoft's new Outlook.com beta without waiting

The opt-in version of the website can be switched on and off through a'Try the beta toggle that will be appearing now for select users. It should become available to all users of the site within the next few weeks

Outlook.com is getting a fresh redesign for a more modern look and a smarter inbox all-round, along with a boost on the performance front to make things like attaching files a nippier process.

Most importantly: once the Outlook.com beta loads, do not untick the "try the beta" toggle, as this will permanently remove your Microsoft account from the beta, even with the workaround, and even on other browsers and PCs. Microsoft announced that it rolls out access to the beta over time, but did not provide a timeframe for the roll out. Don't use it, as you will be opted-out of the beta and can not use the URL anymore to load it.

Inspired by the Outlook Mail app in Windows 10, the Outlook.com beta has a new design, which includes iconography from Windows 10 and a hamburger menu.

For this redesign, Microsoft is using a new development framework that the company claims is more responsive and that enables the team to deliver a more modern design.

The new version also will feature an upgraded search experience, as well as a refreshed conversations view.

All you have to do to get Outlook.com to offer you beta access is to log into the webmail site and then change the address at the top from https://outlook.live.com/owa/ to https://outlook.live.com/mail/.

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