In a move aimed at boosting accessibility for Mac users, Microsoft has made its popular Outlook email application free for MacBooks, effective immediately. The app is now available for download from Apple’s app store, and no Microsoft 365 subscription or Office license is required.
As part of its efforts to improve performance and reliability, Microsoft had previously redesigned the user interface of Outlook for Mac users. The app now supports all email providers that have IMAP support.
By making Outlook free, Microsoft is hoping to increase the user base for its web-powered version of the app. The company has been working to improve performance, reliability, and accessibility for Mac users, making this latest move a natural step in that direction.
According to Michael Palermiti, a partner product group manager for Outlook, “The new Outlook for Mac is a native macOS app. Microsoft plans to continue building and maintaining best-in-class native apps on macOS and iOS. No Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are planned for Mac Outlook.”
This latest development is sure to be welcomed by Mac users who rely on Outlook for their email needs. With its improved performance and accessibility, the free version of Outlook is likely to be a popular choice for many.