The way you access your Mail, Calendar, People, and other apps within Outlook is permanently changing starting this summer, according to the Microsoft 365 roadmap. There will soon be a new location for key functions and access to various Microsoft apps.

To make sure you’re up to speed with what’s to come, let’s take a look at exactly what’s changing. You’ll know when and how you can prepare your organization for the updates.

What’s Changing?
In Outlook’s new update, functions including Email, Calendar, Tasks, and more will be moving to the left of the folder pane. In addition to that change, Outlook’s main canvas will be customizable, and you can now use icons for your preferred apps, including To Do, Org Explorer, Yammer Communities, and Bookings.

When Will the Rollout Take Place?
The changes to Outlook are planned to begin in mid-July. Changes will gradually be implemented, with the full rollout will be complete by late September.

How You Can Prepare
If you want to test these features out now, you’re currently able to access and preview these updates through the Coming Soon pane within Outlook. This toggle is located at the top right of Outlook for Windows.

In order to prepare yourself and the users within your organization, encourage them to experiment with the updates here before they become the default experience later this year. That way, there won’t be any surprises when the changes begin to roll out.

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