Windows users are forced to upgrade the beloved Mail app to the new Outlook

However, you can switch back to the Mail app, for now.

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Windows users are now given the option to transition from the old Mail app to the new Outlook, but before even choosing the option to say no, for now, Windows closes the Mail app and automatically upgrades it to the new Outlook, according to Windows Latest.

The Redmond-based tech giant started to warn Windows users of the change earlier this year, when it added a pesky prompt to Mail & Calendar, pushing users to switch to Outlook. Microsoft announced that it would delist the UWP mail & calendar apps, last year, and many Windows users were not happy about it.

I tried Outlook a few times because they allow easy switching, but I did not like it for two reasons. It was very glitchy/laggy and I did not get notified about new emails. Also, I noticed that I often received emails very late, so I switched back to “Mail”.

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However, none of the complaints mattered, as the Redmond-based tech giant is now automatically switching to the new Outlook. Fortunately, users will be given an option to go back to the old Mail app, but not for long, though. The pop-up reads:

The next time you launch Mail or Calendar, you will be redirected to Outlook. You can switch back to Mail and Calendar by clicking the toggle on the top right of your screen.


That’s good to know, and it is good users have the option to go back, but unfortunately, the Mail and Calendar apps will come to their end later this year. They will still be available to use and download in the Microsoft Store, up until the end of 2024.

The Redmond-based tech giant is trying this option to somehow force users to get their hands on Outlook, so that users will know what to expect when the transition will ultimately happen, for the last time, later this year.

So, no. You won’t be able to escape transitioning to Outlook, but now would be the perfect time to give it a try, and test the waters. Indeed, Windows users are somehow forced to like Outlook, but ultimately the platform comes with its own set of benefits, including access to Copilot.

It might be worth it, in the end!

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