Microsoft has detailed updates coming to the web version of Outlook in Office 365 with an improved UI, new productivity features and a different name – Outlook on the web.
The latest version of Outlook on the web will roll out to Office 365 subscribers whose plan includes Exchange Online and have signed up for Microsoft’s First Release program.
The biggest change Microsoft has made is the addition of an Action bar available across Mail, Calendar, People and Task experiences in Outlook on the web.
More subtle tweaks include making email subject lines larger and more prominent, and messages in the reading pane indented. The buttons in Calendar are more prominent making it easier to use.
Pin—You can now pin any message in your inbox to have it highlighted in yellow and kept at the top of your inbox.
Sweep—Sweep provides actions for managing recurring messages like newsletters, digital coupons, and other email received on a regular basis.
Archive—One-click archiving allows you to quickly move messages out of the inbox to a folder of your choice.
Undo—We included a dedicated Undo button so you can quickly undo unintended actions with a single click.
Improved single line view—If you prefer the single line message view, Outlook on the web now includes a preview of the message contents in-line with the subject.
Immersive reading pane—When in single line view, clicking a message now displays the message in the same window.
Outlook on the web now provides the ability to easily resize images, add custom borders, apply shadow effects, rotate images and more.
Calendar in Outlook now provides a five-day weather forecast with icons next to each day that give a quick look at what to expect. Further, calendar now supports Charms – visual cues that help identify specific types of events more easily, such as an airplane charm, or a fork and knife charm.
Users can create email reminders for any Calendar event by specifying the recipient list, including a quick message, and setting the day and time you want the email reminder to be sent. Further, birthday and holiday calendars can now be viewed separately from a user’s work calendar.
Microsoft has also updated the mobile browser experience of Outlook on the web with the UI closely resembling the Windows Phone, Android and iOS Outlook Apps.
- 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.