Outlook is moving the app location for everyone to a new location. The background is the transition to vertical navigation. This change is widely criticized because there is no way to reverse it. Martin Geuss has written a report on this in his online magazine, dr. Windows. Microsoft has announced that Outlook’s layout will change, including mail, calendar, contacts and tasks.
The tech community made the announcement. It explained that the position for accessing Outlook apps had been moved from the bottom to the left. Outlook users can now choose to use the test feature starting March 2022. As of Current Channel version 2207, the default method for navigating Mail and Calendar, Contacts, and other apps is to use this feature.
Microsoft has made the change default and removed the available option since March. There is no way to alter the app’s position.
Unified User Experience
Microsoft claims the new position will ensure consistency across Outlook, Teams and Office.com. This new position allows for more apps to be integrated into Outlook.
Microsoft CEO Abdias Ruiz explained to TechCommunity that you could customize the apps you see by right-clicking your favorite apps and pinning them. Outlook knows that this is a major change in user experience. It will take some time for users to adjust to the new location for email, calendar, and other functions. The old navigation will be gone, and there will not be an option to return to it. Some users have complained about the switch.
Vertical navigation can be difficult for smaller displays and split-window layouts. The bar takes up valuable space. Microsoft has yet to respond to this request, which has been made many times since March. They want to let users decide the regulations.