Microsoft is now advertising that Outlook.com (opens in new tab) can be designated as the default email client (opens in new tab) in what could be great news for workplace users looking for a smoother user experience.
The change, which would make Outlook.com as your default mail client for mailto: links, is being advertised to users with a new banner displayed above user's inboxes.
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"Your browser supports setting Outlook.com as the default email handler" the banner reads, offering users the chance to try it now, ask again later, or to not show the alert again.
The feature makes use of the “URL protocol handler registration for PWAs” functionality introduced in Chrome 92 that allows for a smoother user experience when switching or installing web apps.
Only some users will be able to make the change to begin with, with Microsoft likely testing the waters before rolling out the feature to a wider user base.
The news is the latest update or change to Outlook as Microsoft looks to make its email service a more appealing choice to anyone currently using Gmail or other competing offerings.
Recently, the company revealed that it is hard at work on a redesigned Gmail experience for its upcoming Windows 11 (opens in new tab) mega release. Set to launch within the next few weeks, Windows 11 is Microsoft's biggest release in years, and its email service, dubbed ‘Project Monarch’, is seen as a reboot of what came before, with a new user interface and smooth, clean design.
Microsoft is also releasing a new feature for Outlook on the web that can scan what you've written and offer rewritten suggestions that can improve the tone of your emails.
The new "Tone Detection" tool (opens in new tab) will give users real-time advice on how to better word your communications, as well as punctuation conventions, sensitive geopolitical references and general formality.
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