Microsoft Announces Major Overhaul For Outlook.com

Microsoft have announced an update to the Outlook.com website today, which not only makes the email service a lot more attractive in terms of the UI, but also a bit more useful.

Pretty much the best email service around, then, compared to the other big names in the industry.

Subjectively, speaking, of course.

But the Redmond based technology titan has rolled out steady improvements to the Outlook.com service, ever since the retirement of the Hotmail brand — and while these new options are set for arrival, they are yet to be rolled out for general users.

As the Outlook team says on their official blog:

“We are pleased to announce an update to Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you — featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and much more.

This update is rolling out today, in Preview, to a small group of customers and is the first of many innovations coming as we upgrade Outlook.com to a new Office 365-based infrastructure. These new features will be made available to a broader audience through an opt-in program in the coming weeks.”

So we have the new Clutter option to better manage our inboxes, search suggestions and refiners, a total of 13 new themes to better express our personality, automatic rich previews for links, and inline images that allow the possibility of cutting and pasting images directly into the email body.

Pop out read and compose for messages also arrives in this update, as does some improvements to pins and flags to keep essential emails at the top of the inbox.

Simplified cloud sharing from OneDrive also makes the cut.

And then there are side-by-side views where an attachment can be opened and viewed simultaneously while replying to a message. Finally, as announced at BUILD 2015, add-ins are also now built into Outlook.com, both first-party and third-party.

Everything from Bing Maps to Uber, Boomerang and more.

You can read up on the full details at the link above, and let’s just hope for a quick global rollout, as these features certainly sound neat.

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