Outlook.com Premium Drops Preview Tag, Microsoft Garage Adds Email Insights

Email Insights through Microsoft Garage searches Outlook desktop and Gmail inbox and shows the results in the app's window.

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Outlook.com Premium, is now out of preview as on today February 14. Microsoft's premium subscription service was in preview since April of 2016, and it costs $19.95 per year.

Available only to US customers. this price to Outlook.com Premium is expected to raise to $49.99 annually, after March 31, 2017. Users can avail following features:

  • Five personalized email addresses with a custom domain for up to five users, which is bought from GoDaddy for an extra $10 per year - but apparently free for the first year. Also, if the user already owns a custom domain, it can be used with the service at no extra charge.
  • Easy sharing of calendar, contacts and documents powered by the new Outlook.com platform and by OneDrive for those users sharing the custom domain.
  • Ad-free inbox when accessing those e-mail addresses via Outlook.com on the web.

Microsoft Garage's latest release helping to find messages faster through new "Email Insights" application that searches the inbox of Outlook desktop application and Gmail and shows the results in the app's window.

Email Insights in Microsoft Garage
Email Insights in Microsoft Garage

The program started out as a hackathon project before evolving into this no-frills experience, once installed, can be pinned to taskbar for easy access. It also provides contextual autocomplete, spelling correction and "fuzzy" name search.

Microsoft Garage Contextual Autocomplete
Microsoft Garage Contextual Autocomplete

"Users can also perform multiple searches at the same time by opening tabs. Additionally, they can use search box to perform quick tasks, such as composing one-line emails or scheduling a quick meeting," says Garage team.

"Email Insights is the kind of tool that can come in handy for developers who are busy coding and want to quickly perform email-related tasks, or users who may prefer the Linux-like shell, which applies a command interface over emails. But it's also useful for anyone who wants better search results," wrties the Garage deveopers.

In other news, Microsoft due to "a last minute issue" delays Patch Tuesday this week stating that

"Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today."