Earlier yesterday, Microsoft made an announcement. OK, it’s not that important these days, but then again maybe it is. The announcement revolves around their Outlook.com product which apparently has undergone quite a large number of changes with regard to its Inbox, an overhaul to the calendar and the addition of new collaboration features. Though the update is slated to roll out later today, only a small group of customers get to preview the changes.
This new update is part of Microsoft’s attempt to upgrade Outlook.com to a more accentuated Office 365-esque infrastructure. Not to fear though, Outlook.com users will be able to get these new features within a few weeks via an opt-in program, although no details are out on exactly when all users can get the new and improved Outlook.com app.
What good is an update if you don’t know what the new features are right? Well, as of now we know a few features such as an all new Clutter feature that sorts all your messages into a separate folder, thus enabling a greater focus on the matter at hand. So the more time you spend with Outlook.com, the more refined it gets at narrowing and filtering incoming mail.
Features such as Search and Suggestions have also been carried out where Suggestions prioritize the people you communicate with and the content in your mailbox when searching for content and Refiners let you manipulate your search results based on criteria such as sender, folder, date received and attachments.
Other features such as Link preview, where pasting a link in an Outlook message generates a preview, Pins and flags, that allow you to focus on essential emails by pinning them, a revamped calendar that lets you manage shared calendars, and a cleaner, smoother Outlook.com mobile experience with swipe gestures have all been added or improved.
Overall, quite a hefty update. One that will win over the hearts of diehard Outlook.com users the world over no doubt.