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Windows 10 Mail & Calendar Apps Adds Focused Inbox, OneNote Class Notebook Grade Scales and More

Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps updates now include Focused Inbox and other tabs, color categories and architectural improvements that enable enhanced performance and faster innovation.

The new features announced on Wednesday are beginning to roll out over the next few weeks in Outlook.com and Office 365 accounts, says Microsoft.

Focused Inbox in the Mail app now separates inbox into two tabs “Focused and Other” — “emails that are likely important and need to be act on now appear under the Focused tab, while rest others remain easily accessible in the Others tab.”

The feature can be easily turn off or on under Settings -> Reading in the app. Focused Inbox can be fine tune by a right click on an email and use “Move to Focused” or “Move to Other” options.

Focused Inbox in Outlook.com
Focused Inbox in Windows 10 Mail app

“Mentions,” can now be used fast and easy to get someones’ attention by simply adding the @ symbol anywhere in the body of an email—bringing up frequent contacts as well as access to directory to pick persons to address. Once selected, their name highlights in blue for them to take an action in the message.

If the person isn’t already a part of email conversation, will be automatically add to the To: line.

In the Calendar app, you’ll be able to organize events in a variety of color categories, so you can quickly scan similar events, and plan your day better.

Interesting Calendars powered by Bing, lets users keep track of their favorite sports events and TV schedules. Also, recently launched Holiday Calendars, help to track and plan holidays, festivals or other public events in your country of choice.

The updates also add simplified summary cards in the inbox and calendar, for quicker access to travel reservations and package delivery details.

The team said, more interesting schedules from various regions will add over the time to this feature.

Ineresting Calendars
Ineresting Calendars in Windows 10 Calendar app

You’ll also be able to check in for flights, change hotels, and rental car reservations, or track latest packages delivery status with just a touch of a button, and stay on top of these events with reliable reminders.

The features is on by default, and can also be configure from ‘events in email’ settings in your account on the web.

In addition, the following features to other recently rolled out improvements including ability to pop out emails from the inbox and to drag and drop calendar events, support for *.eml email and *.ics calendar event formats, and integration with Windows 10 taskbar calendar so you can easily glance at your upcoming appointments—are available as well:

  • location suggestions from Bing, to add popular addresses quicker,
  • an option to add Skype for online meetings,
  • a scheduling assistant for Office 365 accounts,
  • a fun emoji picker, and a people picker helps quickly browse and select contacts, when you create a calendar appointment. For getting more details on someone in calendar, you can now easily access Windows 10 People app in one click.
Outlook Calendar travel reservations and package deliveries
Windows 10 Calendar app: Travel reservations and Package deliveries

New updates for the OneNote Class Notebook add-in give teachers additional tools for more personalized learning including richer grade scales, adds customizable stickers and more.

Assignment and Grade available since last spring, for teachers and schools using Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Student Information Systems (SIS) has been updated to allow grade scale support, based on what the specific LMS or SIS being used from the two partners Canvas and Skooler.

“Teachers can now use additional assignment values beyond just basic grade points, such as custom points, letter grades and pass or fail ratings,” says Office team.

OneNote Class Notebook Letter Grade
OneNote Class Notebook Letter Grade

The additions also include customizable stickers in the Class Notebook add-in for OneNote 2013 and OneNote 2016 for the desktop. To add a sticker, check the Insert menu after you install the latest version of the add-in.

Microsoft notes, more sticker packs based on student and teacher feedback will be releasing in futture.

For updating OneNote Class Notebook add-in, just click Update button on the toolbar. Or, get it from the OneNote Class Notebook website.

Customizable stickers in OneNote desktop
Customizable stickers in OneNote desktop

Finally, today, Microsoft also launched a new Windows 10 productivity and secure chat app in preview called “Kaizala.”

The app already available on iOS and Android for several months, helps you intitiate a secure 1:1 chat with individuals, or a group chat to send messages, as well as Kaizala Actions like Job, Poll, Survey to individuals or to the entire group. You can even add groups to existing groups to communicate within large organizations or communities.

People can easily respond to Kaizala Actions, and all responses are consolidated, stored and presented for easy viewing and decision making.

Kaizala Actions available out of the box with Kaizala Preview are:

  • Announcement – Make key announcements or share updates
  • Job – Assign jobs to people and track completion status
  • Let’s Meet – Invite people to meetings and confirm their availability status
  • Photo with Location – Share a picture with your current location
  • Quick Poll – Ask a question and get people’s opinion
  • Request Location – Request people to share their location
  • Share Location – Share your location with others
  • Survey – Ask a series of questions and get people’s opinions

Interested in Kaiazala, you can the preview of Windows 10 HERE.

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