Outlook.com has a new look and they are rolling out the offer to try the beta version.  I got a notice this morning that it was available, so I thought I should give it a look.

You’ll be able to switch back and forth between the beta and the old look with a toggle switch at the top of the inbox.

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The differences are subtle.  Here’s the old look.

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Here’s the newer inbox.

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You’ll notice that messages now sport brightly-colored badges marked with letters representing the name of the person emailing you. This can make it easier to scan your emails for a particular contact.

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At the top of the inbox, there’s now a toggle switch between the Focused and Other inbox.

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In the previous version there were tabs, but sometimes they were hard to see.

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The Search box moves to the top of the inbox and New Message moves to the far-left top.

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The menu bar moves to the side from the bottom.

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I haven’t had a chance to explore all the changes yet, but it doesn’t seem too overwhelming. The look is more in line with the Windows Mail app, the mobile Outlook app.