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Mar152018

New Mail Experience Coming to Outlook.com ‘Over Next Few Weeks’

Add a personal touch by uploading a photo of your contact in Outlook

Microsoft is all set to rolling out the new Mail experience to all Outlook.com users over the next few weeks.

Outlook.com beta was first announced in the August of 2017, with aim to bring faster performance, new smart inbox features among other features, like enhanced emoji and GIF support. Later, a Calendar section along with a new look beta was released.

Now, on wednesday, Microsoft shared that it’s bringing the new Mail, Calendar and People experiences to all Outlook.com users. The roll out will happen over the coming weeks.

Here is a look at the upcoming new features available to Outlook.com:

The updated new look Mail now becoming standard brings you performance enhancements, smarter inbox and better personalization, including quicker access to settings, easier new ways allowing to access favorite add-ins and categorize and filter emails.

It also integrates Skype for easy real-time cgat right from Outlook.com inbox, Just select the person to talk to and the conversation will appear in its own chat window. You can initiate multiple chat and can see all your contacts.

New look Calendar in Outlook beta

The all new responsive Calendar interface offers ability to add an event in just a few clicks, and icons to help identify events faster. Above you can an image of new look Calendar.

People section now sporting a new look offer quick access to favorite people as well as easier ways to view, edit, and create contacts. Here is what’s coming:

Refreshed profile card now let you hover over a person’s name or photo to see the new update profile card in every app where contacts appear. The new profile card gives you quick access to your contacts’ information across Outlook.

Below you can see new profile card:

New Profile card in Outlook beta

Expanded contact information gives access to quickly add or edit birthdays and personal notes. To add a personal touch, you can now assign a photo to a contact using the new photo control.

Also, from the updated look and feel People view offer an ability to send an email or start a chat. Now, at a glance you can search recent conversations and attachments from a specific contact and see all photos emailed by them.

Also, you can mark contacts as favorites to quickly accessing them from the Favorites folder. Contacts you add as favorites in People will also show up under favorites in Mail, and the other way around.

Here is an animation of new People view showing add contact to favorites:

Outlook.com beta - add contact to favorites

Improved Categories let users assign a name and colors to each category and apply multiple categories to an email. You can also now filter messages by category by typing a category name in the search bar or add a favorite category to the very top of the left sidebar.

An image of assigining multiple category and colors to an email:

Improved category organization in Outlook

Personalized inbox through Quick settings in one click, including inbox theme, ways to display conversations, manage Focused Inbox. Just click on the gear icon on the top right corner to display Quick settings.

Simplified add-in experience let you now access popular apps and services right from the inbox, including Boomerang, Evernote, GIPHY, Gfycat, Microsoft Translator, MojiLaLa, PayPal, Trello, and more. While, the classic Outlook.com add-ins are now pinned next to mail actions or in the drop-down menu once an email is open in the new experience.

Below a GIF animation showing simplified add-ins:

Simplified add-in experience in Outlook beta

And to add more add-ins simply open an email, click the drop-down menu, and select Get Add-ins from the Office Store. Once installed, add-ins will show up in the drop-down menu. You can also choose to pin frequently used add-ins.

Event creation is also simplified as you can now quickly click New event and add details to the event in a few clicks from the Calendar. Or, just click calendar surface on the day to add an event and start typing to access quick entry form. You can also set up repeating events for all routines to stay on top of the schedule.

Below an animation of new event creation:

Refreshed Event creation in Outlook beta

New experiences in Calendar and People can be accessed by opting into the beta, just switch “Try the beta” toggle on the top right of your inbox.

Opt in Outlook.com beta

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