The future of Outlook is here, albeit with some caveats.
Microsoft officially released the new Outlook for Windows on Tuesday afternoon, with features that integrate Microsoft’s futuristic interface as well as more practical innovations like quick document attachments, a “my day” summary, and reminders to answer important email. For now, though, the new features are only available to members Office Insider ProgramSpecifically, the experimental channel.
We’ve seen Outlook’s future many times over the years, from 2015’s simple yet powerful Outlook apps for iOS and Android, to 2017. A coherent approach to unifying horizons across different platforms. We also see the first fruits”Cortex project, in how Microsoft (and its rival, Google) is blurring the lines between different applications. But Microsoft is also cleaning up the different versions (web, Office 365, web apps, etc.) and providing a unified version of Outlook for PC. who – which Leaked earlier this monthAnd she’s here now.
Microsoft Outlook is designed to look familiar, and it is — especially if you’re familiar with the Outlook web app. Unfortunately, it is not available to many users. To be a member of the Office Insider Program, you must either be subscribed to the consumer version of Microsoft 365 or ask your company administrator to enable it. Consumers can easily switch to the Insider Program (pFrom any Office app on Windows, click File > Account > Office Insider > Join Office Insiderthen agree to the checkbox Next to “Sign up for early access to new versions of Office”). But you’ll also need to use a paid business or education account as your primary email to try out the new Outlook, which can complicate the process.
Here are the new Outlook features Microsoft says you’ll want:
Name Check Documents: In Outlook, you can quickly type the “at” (“@”) symbol and then the person’s name, and they will be called up in their email. You can quickly “recall” files by using the same “@” symbol in front of files and documents. However, it must be stored in the cloud. Unfortunately, that probably means that you’ll need to look up the full name “SalesPresentationMarch2022final3really” to attach it this way.
Responding to requests: We’ve seen Microsoft AI in Cortana and the like “sniff out” your inbox for what it considers an important message, such as a request to respond to a customer. If Outlook thinks it has found such an email, it will pin it to the top of your inbox until it is rejected. You can also manually pin an email to the top of your inbox by clicking the “Install” icon.
‘My day’ and ‘what to do’: You should start to see the To Do column more clearly to the left of your inbox. Also referred to as “my day,” you’ll be able to use this space as a location to pull emails to, which will become tasks for you to check out.
Updated calendar: It appears that while the calendar will remain largely unchanged, the new Board view will essentially turn your calendar into a bulletin board, where your work calendar can be added as a card, along with tasks, important documents, and tips. You will also be able to reserve a space on your calendar and let people know that you will attend their meeting either in person or virtually.
Sweeping Clutter: Microsoft also encourages you to use the tools we described before, such as rules, to automatically manage and control email as it flows into your inbox. Microsoft calls this a “scan”.
Episode and future: Microsoft believes that the most important addition to the new Outlook client is Loop, which Microsoft branded As making documents a kind of UI element. It blurs the line between a document and a shared workspace – which for some users will be a bane, and for others a natural extension of a tight-knit team. We’ll have to see how Loop evolves over the coming years and months.
Right now, the new Outlook is only in the hands of a few, fixing bugs and adding features. Unfortunately, some The basic capabilities you would expect are not there: Support offline, multiple accounts, etc. Expect Microsoft to expand its audience as it improves on the new Outlook client.