Microsoft celebrates Windows 11’s new Outlook app growth after forcing people to use it | Laptop News

Microsoft says people are migrating to the new Outlook in a “much shorter time” because it’s better than the Mail & Calendar apps on Windows 11. According to Microsoft, the new Edge-based Outlook.com usage is now on par with the classic Outlook app. Microsoft is celebrating the success of the new Outlook, but is the growth organic? We don’t think so.

According to Microsoft, Mail & Calendar apps are going away later this year. As part of its efforts to force people to use the new Outlook app, Microsoft has been nagging users to switch to Outlook (new) for months. While I’m perfectly fine with the “nagging,” Microsoft has quietly changed its approach to encouraging people to use the new Outlook.

Until late April or early May, when you opened the Mail & Calendar app, you would see a notification saying it would redirect you to the new Outlook app. However, you could go back to Mail & Calendar. Microsoft said you could click the toggle to turn off the new Outlook and keep using the Mail & Calendar app.

This toggle worked, and Microsoft allowed you to keep using the Mail & Calendar.

However, an update in May and a wider rollout in June made it difficult for users to return to Mail & Calendar. The toggle no longer works the way it’s supposed to.

The Mail & Calendar app no longer remembers your preference and automatically switches to the new Outlook every once or twice a week.

I’m not sure if this change is intentional, but the toggle to go back to the Mail &…

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