How to Access Microsoft’s Beta Right Now

Microsoft announced it is rolling out an improved beta over the coming weeks. Here’s how to get it now if you don’t want to wait.

Earlier this week Microsoft announced it is rolling out a new and improved beta. The company promises a faster experience and other new features like improved search. The beta is an opt-in web experience and is rolling out to users over the next several weeks. However, if you want to access it sooner rather than later, here are a couple of tricks to start test driving it early.

Note that if you have access to the beta already you will see the following screen pop up in the upper-right corner of your inbox when you log into your account on the web. That will allow you to toggle the beta experience on. If you haven’t seen that yet, continue reading for how to get it.

Get Access to Beta Now

To gain access to the beta early, load up in your browser and sign into your account. Once it loads, highlight the URL in the address bar and change it from to and hit Enter.

Your inbox will reload and you will see a welcome screen pop up that introduces some of the new features. You will also notice the Try the beta toggle button.

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That’s all there is to it. This trick will work if you’re an Outlook Premium subscriber and should work with Office 365 Business accounts, too. Note that if you don’t want to replace the /owa/ part of the address with /mail/ each time to get the beta just bookmark:

Important: Once you are set up with the new beta, do not untick the Try the beta toggle button. If you do, it will permanently remove your Microsoft account from the beta and you won’t be able to use this trick again to get it back. If you don’t care about trying the beta early, just wait for it to roll out to your account. Once you get it “officially” you’ll be able to toggle the beta on and off without your account being kicked off.

Once you join the beta, Microsoft will prompt you to send in feedback via the Outlook User Voice website. In addition to a faster experience, the company promises a smarter inbox with Quick Suggestions, improved photo experience, modern conversation styles, more personalization with additional emoji icons and GIFs, and more.

What do you think about the new beta experience? Do you find it to perform faster and enjoy its new features? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.



  1. Tyrone Babcock

    I do not like beta.
    I don’t care for or need the new features.
    I only use Outlook to read my Emails.
    And with ‘beta’, I only get half a pane to read the Emails.Sucks

  2. Susan Barton

    I prefer the beta and wondering if there is a way to keep it on beta instead of having to toggle it on every time

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