How to Install and Use Outlook for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Outlook is a powerful tool from Microsoft for managing emails and calendar information. Outlook can integrate with other Microsoft products such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Skype which make it one of the best apps for managing projects.

When Windows users first move to Linux, they start looking for the major Microsoft products, including Outlook. Unfortunately, there is no official Outlook app for Ubuntu(or Linux for that matter).

However, there are ways you can still use Microsoft Outlook for Ubuntu. In this article, we cover all the methods you can follow to start using Outlook on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS(Jammy Jellyfish) and other Ubuntu-based distros.

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Let’s get started.

3 Alternate Ways of Outlook for Ubuntu

1) Get Prospect Mail for Ubuntu

Prospect Mail is an unofficial Outlook client developed using Electron(a JavaScript framework for making desktop apps). It gives you a clean Outlook interface to work with.

First, you need to install Prospect Mail on your Ubuntu device. You can use the terminal or download the deb package for Ubuntu. We’ll cover both methods so stay with us.

Install Prospect Mail using the terminal

Using the terminal, you can install Prospect Mail directly from the snapcraft store. Since this guide assumes you’re using the latest version of Ubuntu, you don’t need to install snap. In case you’re using an older version of Ubuntu, you will need to install snap first.

Use these commands to install Prospect Mail. Use the sudo apt install snapd command only if you’re using a version older than Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or if your Linux distro doesn’t have snap pre-installed.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install prospect-mail

Even if you’re not using Ubuntu but a distro based on Ubuntu, you can use these same commands for installing Prospect Mail on your desktop.

Install Prospect Mail from the Ubuntu software center

Go to the software center. It has an orange-colored icon with an A on it.

Ubuntu software center
Ubuntu software center

Tap the search icon. Now start typing Prospect Mail on the search bar. You will see the app appearing below. Click on the Prospect Mail icon.

Prospect Mail on Ubuntu software center

Now tap the Install button to start the installation process.

Installing Prospect Mail app

Launch Prospect Mail

You can launch Prospect Mail through the terminal or from the Applications section. If you want to launch from the terminal, just type prospect-mail and hit ENTER.

After launching Prospect Mail, you will be asked to sign in using your Microsoft account.

Outlook sign-in in Ubuntu
Prospect Mail sign-in

Type in the email or phone number that you registered with. Now type your password. You will get a “Stay signed-in?” prompt. Click Yes or No based on your choice. If everything went well, you will be taken to the Prospect Mail interface.

Prospect Mail interface

It really feels like using Outlook. Start navigating all the features to see if it fits all your needs.

Pros

  • Gives a native Office 365 feel
  • Access mail, calendar, and other Microsoft apps right from your desktop
  • Sound notification when you receive new messages

Cons

  • Not so smooth experience
  • Doesn’t connect to other Exchange servers except for Outlook.com

2) Use the web version of Outlook

Although Prospect Mail is the wrapped-up version of Outlook on the web, it’s understandable if you don’t like installing unofficial stuff. Reasons may include the app being buggy, not maintained for years, or not being tailored for your needs.

No matter what the reason, you can still use Outlook for Ubuntu(or any other distro) from your web browser.

Go to the official Outlook website.

Microsoft Outlook sign in

Now sign in using your email(or phone number) and password. You will get the “Stay signed-in?” prompt. Pick Yes or No. You will be taken to the Outlook web.

Microsoft Outlook web interface from Ubuntu Linux

Pros

  • No installation needed
  • Officially developed and maintained by Microsoft
  • Get help from the community when you face a problem

Cons

  • Your browser needs to be compatible with Outlook
  • Poor internet connection may cause hassles

3) Use Owl Add-on with Thunderbird

Owl for Exchange add-on

Thunderbird happens to be one of the most popular email clients for Linux users. Adding a simple Add-on to it will allow you to use your Exchange as well as Outlook email with Thunderbird.

Owl for Exchange is a paid add-on that enables you to seamlessly connect your Exchange email to Thunderbird. So if you already love Thunderbird and use it on a regular basis, this is the best solution for you.

How to get Owl for Exchange

First, make sure you have Thunderbird installed. In case you don’t use these commands to install Thunderbird

Sudo apt update
sudo snap install thunderbird

Now open Thunderbird. If you haven’t set up Thunderbird before, you need to do so. Enter your name and email, and create a password to finish the setup.

Now that you have your Thunderbird running, it’s time to add Owl to Thunderbird. Although Owl is a paid add-on, they offer a 30-day free trial so you can test the waters.

Download Owl from here.

Launch Thunderbird. Go to Account Settings.

Thunderbird account settings

On the left panel, tap on Add-ons and themes. Type in Owl in the search bar and hit ENTER.

Owl on Thunderbird

Press the Add to Thunderbird button to add Owl for Exchange to your Thunderbird application.

Adding Owl to Thunderbird

To see if you successfully added Owl to Thunderbird, go back to the Add-ons Manager tab. Then go to Extensions. See if Owl for Exchange is there on the list.

Check if you have Owl on Thunderbird

If you’ve followed all the steps properly, you should see Owl on the list. And if you do, you now have the Owl add-on on Thunderbird.

Pros

  • If you’re a Thunderbird user, this makes it possibly the best way to use Outlook
  • No need to install any apps(unless you don’t have Thunderbird pre-installed)
  • 30-day free trial available

Cons

  • It’s paid(although very cheap)
  • Thunderbird doesn’t have the best interface

Conclusion

This article shows you various ways to get Microsoft Outlook on your Ubuntu desktop or laptop machines. As Microsoft doesn’t support their apps natively on Linux, it’s only possible to use workarounds like these to obtain Outlook for Ubuntu.

Do you know any better ways? Let us know in the comments.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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