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Microsoft has plugged some key gaps in its 'new Outlook' for macOS, currently in preview and given a fresh update just a few days ago, but the product still has puzzling omissions that drive users back to the old version.
The revised Mac Outlook was first revealed at the Ignite event in late 2019. It appears to be a complete rebuild of the Mac email client, geared towards Office 365, but the question administrators will be pondering is whether important features in the existing Outlook will ever appear in the new one.
The history of Outlook on the Mac is inglorious. Microsoft and Mac go back a long way. Excel, for example, was a Mac application two years before it appeared on Windows. When it came to Outlook though, Mac users lost out. Outlook on Windows goes back to 1997, but the first full Mac version did not appear until Outlook 2011, and even that was not very good, slower than the Windows version and missing some features, such as Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).
VBA has never come to Outlook on the Mac, but a 2014 release was much improved, as Microsoft began to push the idea of Office 365 everywhere rather than keeping users hooked on Windows.
The new Outlook for the Mac in its first preview (click to enlarge)
Fast-forward to today, and there is not that much missing in Outlook 365 for Mac versus Windows, VBA aside.
All that is set to change with the latest new Outlook Mac as the pendulum swings away from making the Mac Outlook close to the Windows one, and towards giving Mac users a more distinct experience. It is also a matter of protocols. The existing Outlook Mac uses Exchange Web Services (EWS) which is being phased out.
Outlook on Windows generally uses MAPI over HTTP, perhaps the nearest thing to a native Exchange protocol. Microsoft is not happy with either and for its 'modern' mail client in Windows 8 and Windows 10 it developed a new sync protocol. In the past this was sometimes called Hx but it seems now to go by the name Microsoft Sync.
When Microsoft acquired Accompli in 2014, whose product became Outlook Mobile, it used its own protocol but that too now uses Microsoft Sync. According to presentations at Ignite 2019, this new sync protocol is designed specifically for mail-related data and makes the best even of poor connections, prioritising recent data.
The move from EWS to Microsoft Sync enables new features and improved performance, and no longer downloads the entire mailbox to the local machine. System requirements are for macOS 10.14 Mojave and Office 365, Outlook.com or Gmail email accounts.
The snag with a rebuilt Outlook for Mac is that having nearly caught up with Windows Outlook, it is now far behind in terms of features. It is in preview and some will reappear, but it is unlikely to be the full set. It hardly qualifies as a mail client in its current incarnation, with no support for standard protocols like POP3 and IMAP, nor any way of connecting to on-premises Exchange.
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'We don't support on-prem yet but it's going to come soon,' said Microsoft in November 2019; six months on it is not there yet. On the plus side, it not only looks pretty, with full support for the Mac's Dark Mode on Catalina, but also performs well, with a fluidity that frankly feels unusual in a Mac Outlook product.
Features of the new Outlook for Mac include a new unified inbox view that avoids clicking between accounts, if you have several configured. You can now reply to emails inline ('nested compose'), a convenience feature that has been in Windows Outlook for some time. There is a new 'ignore conversation' option. Creating meetings uses a new simplified dialogue that you can expand as needed.
As for the new features added in the June update, these include add-in support (a big deal), sensitivity labels for classifying confidential data, a People view for managing contacts, an option to create an event directly from an email, read receipts, and a 'coming soon' promise of the ability to open shared calendars and to encrypt emails with S/MIME.
The actual preview release did not quite live up to the promise. In particular, the People view is not yet enabled, thanks to some last-minute bug that was discovered. One gets the new Outlook by signing up to the Office 'Insider Fast' channel, and after the new version downloads and installs, one can switch back and forth by toggling a 'New Outlook' switch. If the user attempts to use a feature such as the People view, a message pops up inviting the user to switch back, wrecking the fluid experience but that is what one gets for trying a preview.
The current preview is not fully usable, but fortunately switching back is quick
The problem of Outlook on Windows being different from Outlook on Mac will get worse
Microsoft has not specified a release date for the new Outlook Mac but a few things are clear. First, it will be the best Outlook yet, perhaps on any platform, in terms of appearance and design. This is not a high bar: Outlook on Windows is a mess from a user interface perspective, and has dialogues buried within that have not changed for decades. Performance also looks promising.
Second, Outlook Mac will be focused on cloud, especially Office 365, though it also already has good support for Google mail. Teams integration will also be strong and Microsoft has demonstrated features like converting an event to a Teams meeting, handy in times of lockdown.
Lastly, the problem of Outlook on Windows being different from Outlook on Mac will get worse. What if Microsoft replaces the Windows version with a similarly rebuilt product? Perhaps it will; but the difficulty is that Outlook is baked into the Windows ecosystem and forms part of workflows, some automated with COM technology, that will break if Microsoft replaces it. Custom add-ins, VBA projects, ancient APIs that remain for legacy reasons, all mean this will be a tricky application to replace.
Creating a meeting in the new Outlook Mac: just drag in the calendar and this simple dialog pops up
Outlook on Windows is perhaps the most annoying of Microsoft's Office products, yet the job it does is a critical one, bringing together email, calendar and tasks, and providing collaboration features like shared calendars and contacts. Some legacy features, like Exchange public folders, made their way into Office 365 where they have become something of a burden to Microsoft.
The new Outlook for Mac, when it comes out of preview, will represent Microsoft's current thinking on how Outlook should look and behave in the cloud era, but it will be some time before that can apply in Windows as well. ®
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Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview Releases
- October 20, 2020 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 5
- October 13, 2020 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 4
- September 14, 2020 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 3
- August 25, 2020 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 2
- August 5, 2020 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 1
- Visual Studio for Mac 8.8 Preview 4 adds preview support for Custom .NET Core templates added with
dotnet new(Preview features can be enabled in Preferences > Other > Preview Features).
- Visual Studio for Mac 8.8 Preview 2 adds support for debugging Blazor WebAssembly projects.
- Visual Studio for Mac 8.8 Preview 2 adds support for accessing Azure DevOps NuGet package sources using the signed in account without the need to use a personal access token (PAT).
- Visual Studio for Mac 8.8 Preview 1 or newer now support running on the macOS Big Sur developer preview. See Known Issues for additional information.
- We added functionality to Visual Studio for Mac to warn users when low disk space will degrade the experience.
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Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 5 (22.214.171.12429)
released October 20, 2020
Shell and Tools
- We updated NuGet to 5.8 RC.
Source Code Editing
- We fixed an issue where EventHandler completion didn't work.
Web and Azure
- We fixed an issue where an invalid development certificate caused an unrecoverable hang.
- We updated .NET Core to 3.1.403 and 2.1.811
- The Android SDK manager will now prompt to install Android API 28 if it is not already installed to ensure compatibility with the Xamarin.Forms templates.
Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 4 (126.96.36.19911)
released October 13, 2020
- We fixed a potential crash/hang after terminating the debugger.
- We fixed an issue where local variables were not evaluated when debugging a Blazor application with .NET 5.
- We fixed an issue where the Android build process never stops.
- We fixed an issue where renaming a file with 'Show All Files' enabled in the Solution window added the file twice and might have caused a hang.
- We fixed an issue with VS for Mac setting a different FrameworkSDKRoot.
- We fixed an issue where creating a new project folder with a single character failed with an error.
Shell and Tools
- We replaced the 'Pad' terminology with 'Tool Window' throughout the IDE and updated the top-level View menu.
- We fixed an issue where the content of the 'Reference' dialog was not announced in proper sequence with VoiceOver.
- We fixed a potential hang in the Assembly Browser.
- We fixed an issue with encoding inside the integrated Terminal.
- We fixed an issue where 'Find' in the 'Replace in Files' dialog replaced the found text.
- We fixed an issue where Searching in a Directory failed after the second use.
Source Code Editing
- We fixed an issue where Design-time error highlighting and Quick Fix suggestions stopped working.
- We fixed an issue with Red underlines not being shown on syntax errors.
- We fixed an issue where inserting code snippets into a C# file failed.
- We fixed an issue where Running unit tests from the context menu was way slower than from the Unit Tests pad.
- We fixed an issue where the Git configuration dialog blocked use of the IDE and could not be closed.
- We fixed an issue where the status of a copied then pasted file was not updated properly.
Web and Azure
- We have added a preview support for Custom .NET Core templates added with
- We fixed an issue where a Blazor WebAssembly project was not recognized as such with .NET 5 and the Browser selection was missing.
- We have updated the .NET Core SDK to 3.1.402.
- We fixed an issue where the target framework of a Xamarin.Mac full framework project kept switching back to Xamarin.Mac Modern.
- We fixed an issue where VS for Mac was removing some default properties from Xamarin.Android projects.
Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 3 (188.8.131.520)
released September 14, 2020
Shell and Tools
- We have ported the Assembly Browser to the new Editor.
- We have reimplemented the Errors pad and moved the build output to a separate pad.
- We have improved overall performance and reliability.
Source Code Editing
- We have fixed an issue where an Enum could not be used as a nullable type in generic interfaces.
- We fixed an issue where stashing errors were not handeled properly.
- we fixed an issue with broken selection buttons in the 'Review and Commit' view.
Web and Azure
- We fixed an issue with breakpoints not hitting when debugging a Blazor WebAssembly Application.
- We fixed an issue where Xamarin Forms Hot Reload caused the iOS Simulator to come to foreground.
- We fixed an issue with the iOS Simulator Window stealing focus multiple times.
- We fixed an issue with Vector Images not appearing in Assets.xcassets.
Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 2 (184.108.40.2062)
released August 25, 2020
Debug Blazor WebAssembly projects
Visual Studio for Mac now includes full support for debugging Blazor WebAssembly projects, giving you the option to set breakpoints, watches, navigate your code using step and skip commands, and more.
For more information on debugging in Visual Studio for Mac, see Debugging with Visual Studio for Mac.
Web and Azure
- We added support for .NET 5 preview 8.
- We added integrated support for accessing NuGet Azure DevOps package sources using the signed in account without requiring a personal access token (PAT).
- We fixed an issue where the debugger would prefer an imported class over a local variable with the same name.
- We fixed an issue that prevented users from canceling a solution load operation.
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Shell and Tools
- We improved the performance of the Assembly Viewer.
- We fixed a problem where new F# projects would not restore and build due to the FSharp.Core NuGet package being unavailable.
Web and Azure
- We fixed an issue with solution file generation that caused a compatibility problem with Visual Studio on Windows.
- We fixed an issue where .razor files would incorrectly show a “Using directive is unnecessary' error.
- We fixed an issue where IntelliSense for classes from a new Razor class library project were not available in .razor files.
- We fixed an issue preventing Azure subscriptions being found when publishing to Azure Publish to Azure.
- We fixed an issue where Azure subscriptions were not found.
- We fixed a crash in the Razor editor.
- We updated the Android SDK Tools path to support the new 'cmdline-tools' path.
- Hot reload updated the minimum required Xamarin.Forms version to 220.127.116.113 when using incremental.
- We improved startup performance of the IDE.
- We improved the performance of closing a solution.
- We fixed an issue where vstool would not return the exact id of an extension which can then be used for disabling/enabling the extension.
Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8 Preview 1 (18.104.22.1683)
released August 5, 2020
This release of Visual Studio for Mac now supports running on the macOS Big Sur developer beta builds. If you're already on Big Sur and can't use the updater, visit the Visual Studio for Mac website and download the installer.
- The F# editor and language service have been updated to use the same backend as Visual Studio (Windows). This fixes a number of issues previously reported on Developer Community including:
- F# multiply operator as a function wrongly affects color of code after.
- F# 4.7 language features don't work.
- Undo doesn't work.
- Three double quotation marks are placed instead of two.
- F# 4.7 isn't supported.
- Editor fails on matching quote insertion.
- We fixed an issue causing the default key binding for 'Navigate To...' to no longer work with the French keyboard.
- We fixed an issue that resulted in an empty properties pad for files when loading AddIn projects.
Shell and Tools
- We increased the speed of the find in files functionality.
- We fixed an issue causing erroneous exceptions to be logged when deleting unsaved files from a project.
- We fixed an issue resulting in multiple searches and unresponsiveness in the search experience.
- We fixed an issue where Visual Studio is unable to find files/classes included into a multi-target SDK style project.
- We fixed an issue where the directory path for find in files was not set correctly.
- We fixed an issue that prevented users drom opening assemblies in the Assembly Browser.
- We fixed an issue that caused files to open in Visual Studio Code instead of in the hex editor when choosing to open in the hex editor.
- We fixed an issue where there was odd behavior when copying files under source control.
- We fixed an issue that could cause hangs when using Git version control.
- We fixed an issue causing version control commits to fail if Git reported
fatal: LF would be replaced by CRLF.
- We fixed an issue that disabled view history when a file that's not tracked or a project is selected in the solution pad.
- We fixed an issue where Git integration on Visual Studio for Mac is not working.
- We fixed an issue where deleting a file from project rolls back messing up the Source control.
- We fixed an issue where openinig a project or switching branches on console does not always update the current branch in the project browser.
- We fixed an issue that could result in a
doesn't point at a valid Git repository or workdir.error message when working with Git.
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Web and Azure
- We fixed an issue where a new F# test project will display errors and warnings.
- We fixed an issue that erroneously changed the simulator to iPad Pro for the designer if Xcode was used to open and add layouts to the Storyboard file.
- We fixed an issue where users were unable to load Storyboards in Visual Studio for Mac.
- We fixed an issue that resulted in Storyboard errors.
- We fixed an issue where adding an Apple account for Xamarin.iOS is broken.
- We fixed an issue resulting in failure to add an Apple developer account with two step authentication.
- We fixed an issue preventing pairing with Visual Studio.
- We fixed an issue where the Storyboard editor would not start.
The following is a list of all existing known issues in Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.8:
- After installing the latest .NET 5 SDK, developers of .NET Core 3.1 apps might see an error indicating 'The ASP.NET Core developer certificate is in an invalid state.'. Running
dotnet dev-certs https --cleanthen
dotnet dev-certs https --trustfrom the Terminal will fix the issue.
- Loading Blazor WebAssembly projects with .NET 5.0 RC1 is not yet supported.
- In rare cases, it's possible to be up to date with everything but the .NET Core 3.1.300 SDK. If you enter into this configuration and update to .NET Core 3.1.300 using the updater, the notification to update the .NET Core SDK will not disappear until the IDE is restarted.