Outlook.com is a PWA Now, Too

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Outlook.com with 19 Comments

It’s not just Outlook on the Web: Outlook.com, Microsoft’s consumer email service, is now a Progressive Web App (PWA) too.

I’ve checking to see whether Outlook.com—which provides email, calendar, contacts, and task functionality to consumers—is being transitioned into a PWA since a reader alerted me that it was happening with Outlook on the Web. And this morning, sure enough, I got the Install prompt in the Brave address bar.

I assume you’ll see the same in the latest versions of Chrome and the new Microsoft Edge (perhaps only in Canary). I’m still using the Edge Beta channel, so I’m not seeing it there yet.

Good news, either way. It’s finally happening.

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20 responses to “Outlook.com is a PWA Now, Too”

  1. safesax2002

    I tested notifications and I'm not receiving any. Am I doing something wrong or is there more to come?

  2. techreader

    Is this different from simply going to Outlook.com and picking Menu > Apps > Install this app as a site?

    Outlook.com has a big advertising pane on the right-hand side of the Inbox, which is a non-starter for me for my all-purpose mail app. And, if multiple accounts will be for Premium only, then I be very worried about having this replace the Store Mail app. Despite the goofy clunkiness of that app, Mail does support multiple accounts, lets you pin separate shortcuts in the taskbar for Mail and Calendar, and has no advertising (except that benign little up-sell notice when you are on an Outlook.com inbox). The Calendar app even supports Google calendars. So, I'll be interested in seeing how this develops, to say the least...

  3. alsorun

    I am on the fast ring insider program. I just installed www.outlook.com as an app using new Edge developer version.

  4. bart

    Wow, this is good news! FINALLY!!

    Though not getting any notifications through the PWA. Anyone else?

  5. ermanno_ferrari

    Hi everyone, I had PWA on Office365 since the beginning of October, I even did a video on YouTube about that.

    I've been using it in Chrome ever since and it works really well, although, as Paul mentioned, there is no offline access.

    Notifications are working for me on Chrome, Firefox and Edge Beta too.

    Thanks for your work Paul, always enjoyed it :)

  6. cybrtitan

    This raises security questions for my organization, I'm involved in securing outlook endpoints right now. Does this allow for offline data? Is it available in 365 yet?

    • Paul Thurrott

      In reply to cybrtitan:

      It's just meeting the minimum requirements right now. No offline, notifications, etc.

      • mclark2112

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        Paul, have you heard if there will be an option to cache offline data or not? I don't want to actually, and am happy the way it is.

        Also, within the PWA, I see it remembers my password, and it seems to be pulling from Chrome. Is Chrome running in the background? Or does the PWA have its own engine?

        We are looking at this for our front line workers to eliminate some risk of offline data, and the trojans (emotet) that have been attacking outlook data files.

  7. spacein_vader

    So what's the benefit over just having a bookmark?

  8. earlster

    Does that mean it will come to the store? Call me a boomer (even though I'm not), but I somehow like the store model and installing apps from there, instead of from the browser.

  9. Rob_Wade

    I'm on the latest Windows skip-ahead build and on Canary channel of Edge. Outlook.com looks exactly the same as it has been for some time. No pop-ups like that described in the article.

  10. JohnPC

    Uhmm - I installed it via Credge a week or 2 ago. Current version 79.0.309.30... I just went in to "Apps" and then "Install this site as an app". Am I missing something?

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