Zac Bowden, reporting for Windows Central:
Microsoft wants to replace the existing desktop clients with one
app built with web technologies. The project will deliver Outlook
as a single product, with the same user experience and codebase
whether that be on Windows or Mac. It’ll also have a much smaller
footprint and be accessible to all users whether they’re free
Outlook consumers or commercial business customers.
I’m told the app will feature native OS integrations with support
for things like offline storage, share targets, notifications, and
more. I understand that it’s one of Microsoft’s goals to make the
new Monarch client feel as native to the OS as possible while
remaining universal across platforms by basing the app on the
I have no idea how big the “footprint” is for the current Mac Outlook app, but if it’s based on Electron how could the footprint not be enormous? “Hello World” in Electron is huge.
Sad to see Microsoft consciously eroding its native platforms,
drawn to the idea of a local ecosystem full of web apps like a
moth to a flame.
Update: Michael Tsai:
Version 16.44 of Mac Outlook is 1.98 GB. The Electron version
would likely remove lots of features and code, so it certainly
could be slimmer despite using Electron.
2 GB for a purportedly “native” Mac app is impressive. My kudos to the sharp engineers at Microsoft for achieving this.
★ Monday, 4 January 2021