Microsoft continues to innovate on the UI for customers to become more productive. They have renamed the Outlook Web App to “Outlook on the web”. Additionally, they have created a new design for the action bar available across the Mail, Calendar, People, and Task areas in Outlook on the web.
- Made the email subject line larger and more prominent
- Indented messages in the reading pane for easier reading
- Added more prominent buttons in Calendar to make navigation and creating a new meeting request simpler.
Additionally, Outlook on the web adds new features that make things easier to navigate and organize mail within the browser. Let’s take a look at them below.
Pin lets you pin any message in your inbox so that it is highlighted in yellow and kept at the top of your inbox.
Sweep, includes a simple set of actions to manage emails from specific senders. You can manage reoccurring messages (like newsletters, digital coupons, and other email received on a regular basis) as well as choose to keep messages from a specific sender (for a specified number of days, only keep the latest message, or delete all messages from the sender).
Archive lets you quickly move messages out of the inbox to a folder of your choice.
Undo lets you revert unintended actions with a single click.
Preview the message contents in-line with the subject. With Outlook on the web you can also now perform common actions in bulk, and clicking a message now displays the message in the same window — finally no pop-ups or separate windows.
Resize images, add custom borders, apply shadow effects, and rotate images. Now supports a full set of emojis. J
To, Cc, or Bcc lines, now show a list of the most common people and distribution groups you have been emailing, which is refined as you type. As you add recipients, Outlook on the web makes suggestions that you most commonly email.
Calendar in Outlook on the web has gained a five-day weather forecast.
Charms, which are basically icons to help you quickly identify specific types of events (an airplane for an upcoming flight, a knife and fork for a business dinner, a music note for a piano class, and so on) have also been added.
Mobile browsing experience has received user interface and navigational improvements:
- Updates to closer resemble the UI look of Outlook apps on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
- Improved navigation for switching between Mail, Calendar and People.
- More prominent search command.
- Ability to switch between emails without returning to the message list.
- Time strip updated to show the full week within the calendar.
- Improved UI for creating new events and using the scheduling assistant in Calendar.
The following updates are coming to Office 365 users today, as long as they have a plan that includes Exchange Online and have opted into Microsoft’s First Release program. Everyone else will begin receiving these updates in “the first week of September.”
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