Premium features for subscribers of Office 365 Home and Office 365 who are using Outlook.com begin rolling out on Monday, includes a new ad-free inbox, enhanced malware and phishing protection, and larger mailbox sizes.
Additionally, also available is the premium customer support that helps users contact Microsoft for highest level of service support.
That’s not all, more additional Outlook.com premium features such as to make personal email and calendar experiences more powerful, productive, and secure will be coming, too.
An ad-free experience offering less distractions and faster page load to Outlook.com interface is now available to all Office 365 Home & Personal customers. includes banner ads as well as advertisements in the message list—commonly referred to as native ads.
Office 365 subscriber, also getting advanced email security tools that protect inbox from phishing and malware, now offers attachments scanning for all new types of malware, and secondly, when a link is clicked in an email, “an automatic real-time check determine if the destination website is malicious, so a warning screen alerts users not to access the site.”
However, if you access a @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, or other third-party account through Connected Accounts feature from Outlook.com, “advanced email security features wil not be available to these accounts.”
Office 365 Home and Personal now have 50 GB of email storage as a subscription benefit.
Microsoft notes, Home subscribers can also share all these benefits with others.
All these benefits are automatically active now to all Office 365 subscribers with an Outlook.com mailbox ending in @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, and @msn.com associated with their subscription.
The process of updating all accounts worldwide will take about one month.
Check out more about these features alongwith frequently asked questions here.
In addition, Microsoft is also now delivering a faster and more responsive Outlook.com with following more intelligent options:
Outlook.com will now host accounts in a datacenter region that provides best fault tolerance, load balancing, and performance advantages. Historically, the locations are determined by the country of residence selected while creating an account.
Going forward, the datacenters are determined while creating a account automatically, so, when a account is setup from the U.S., your email will be stored in the U.S.
Also, going forward, any previously created account when relocate their residence, the service will automatically determine this change over a period of time and will move the account to closer datacenters.
Lastly, Microsoft introducing new ways to work in Microsoft Project by integrating it with Microsoft Planner, so you can connect Project tasks to a Planner plan and track detailed work in Planner.
Use agility in Project portfolio to track projects in Project Online Desktop Client, to create new agile projects or apply agile views to existing waterfall projects, and track projects using Scrum and Kanban methodologies, including viewing task boards, creating backlogs, and tracking sprints, as well as viewing reports on agile statistics.
See, below an image of a project displayed in agile in Project dashboard:
With this integration task owners can now manage granular task details in a lightweight tool, as well as enabling project manager to control a smaller number of tasks while task owners can further break down the tasks in Planner.
Teams that manage their work in Project Online can better streamline work with teams that use Planner.
Here, an image of Planner dashboard set to Charts view, with an Excel pop-up window displayed showing detailed task data: