Tuesday’s update was the first for the revamped email client, which sports a streamlined user interface (UI) and will look and work more like the next edition of Outlook on Windows than previous editions. Outlook for Windows is scheduled to arrive as part of the next-generation Office suite early this spring, alongside Windows 10.
Microsoft debuted the OS X Outlook preview on 31 October, 2014.
According to the support document accompanying the update, the new build includes improvements and bug fixes for problems ranging from Exchange accounts repeatedly demanding a password to proper importation of Rich Text Format (RTF) messages. It also includes repairs for the “top crashes throughout the product.”
The update is available only to customers with an active Office 365 subscription. Users must be running OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 or later on their Macs.
Microsoft has said that it will release a public beta of the next edition of Office for the Mac – it has not revealed a moniker for the suite – in the first half of this year, and ship the final code in the second half. As per Office 365′s premise, subscribers will not be charged for the upgrade – although they must continue to pay the annual or monthly fees. Non-subscribers will have to pay an unspecified amount for the upgraded application bundle.
Eligible Mac owners can download the Outlook preview from Microsoft’s website, or from their Office 365 portal (commercial users) or account page (consumers). Those already running the beta can select “Check For Updates” from the program’s Help menu to initiate the download.