Six months since, Microsoft's announcing that the new Outlook.com was out of preview and rolling out the new experience to users worldwide. The roll out will take more time now.
The company had first introduced the new Outlook.com back in May of 2015. Back then, the officials made the preview of the new Qutlook.com available to a small group of customers, and stated they would broaden the preview "in the coming weeks."
Since then, they're working to migrate all users to new experience Outllok.com, by taking the preview label off in Feb this year, with North America getting first —and soon followed by other parts of the world. "With the preview phase complete, we are rolling out the new experience to millions of users each week," the company stated back then.
Latest on this subject, the company back in mid-July of 2016 said that "by end of summer at the latest" everyone would be on the new Outlook.com. However, it turns out, it's going to be longer than expected—as some reports are suggesting that users who tried to share their calendar seeing an error message stating Microsoft is now expecting to roll out the upgrade in the first half of 2017.
New Qiutlook.com would add new features like Clutter, search suggestions and refiners, themes, and more.
According to reports, an old Outlook.com user @gwydionjhr (Joel R.) received a message that indicates the Oulook.com upgrade will now be finished "in the first half of 2017." Here's the full message (via) as he received on August 28 from Microsoft:
"We're currently upgrading Outlook.com accounts. During the upgrade, you won't be able to share your calendar with some accounts, but you can still send a link to your calendar by clicking 'Get a link.' We expect the upgrade to be finished in the first half of 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for using Outlook.com."
The existing Outlook.com service was running on a legacy infrastructure.
Since, the new Outlook.com infrastructure is powered by Office 365, the speed and consistency at which new features and experiences deliver across the entire Outlook family will continue to increase. Becasue, the old Outllook.com works on legacy infrastructure, and the comapny has make it for two different platforms.
This move to a new platform gives email and calendar data, enhanced security and reliability. Additionally, features, like ability to automatically add flight confirmations to calendar, smarter address book, setting automatic replies, toggling flags, syncing categories, inbox rules, and drafts are now available.
Additionally, Outlook on Windows now supports Outlook.com email aliases, while Outlook for Mac can now sync calendar and contact information.
Also, connecting to Outlook.com from the Outlook apps for Windows or Mac is greatly improved.
So, what's experiences are in the new Outllok.com:
- Collaborate effortlessly on documents and files as Outlook.com is now deeply integrated with Office. You can use the new side-by-side editing feature which simplifies this process.
- Now, when you add someone new, you get a prompt asking if you want to re-attach the most recent photo/other file to the conversation.
- In addition, Dropbox and Box integration lets you attach files in Outlook.com right from inboxes (to complement the existing OneDrive integration) and they have the option to send these files easily with links rather than as attachments.
- GIPHY integration into Outlook.com, allowing users to easily add clips from the world's largest GIF library, directly into their emails.
In additon, other add-ins including Evernote, PayPal, Yelp and Wunderlist alongwith some special offers are also available.
- With improved Skype integration chat, video and audio calls are built-in, so you can move between chat and email right in the inbox. Soon, scheduling a Skype call right from Outlook.com will added.
- Emojis are quick and simple to insert into emails—just type a colon at the start of a word such as ":happy" or ":cake", and select you choice from the visual selection of matching emojis.
- Copy and pasting images into the message body now offer a range of formatting options to edit a image right in your inbox.
- Drop-down window in the reading pane expands as needed, and you can now easily switch to use the 'larger reply' surface area, or 'inline reply' should you need it.
- Ability to use @Mentions functionality works in both email and in calendar invitations. Just type @Mentions in the body of email, by name and help them know they need to respond to specific things in your message.
In additon, new Outlook.com also has some great tools helping prioritize essential emails including:
"Pins let you keep important emails at the top of your inbox. Additinally, Pins are also now folder specific." While flags help you mark others for follow-up. And, search suggestions and refiners help you find what you need, fast, without having to take an advanced course in search syntax.
The company also launched a new information site showcasing the improvements to Outlook.com.
You can get an overview of the above features in the screenshots, or watch the new Outlook.com features and improvements in the video below: