New Outlook.com "News" Feature / Tab
I would prefer Microsoft not make my choices for me; forcibly adding "News" feature to Outlook.com is a perfect example. I didn't ask for it, I don't need it and, most importantly, I don't want it, yet, feature is present and I can't delete it. For me, email is a communication tool, not a social tool. Please allow me to choose email features which best suit my needs for myself. Please allow me to delete "News" feature.
I was confused when I first saw a News folder in my email inbox. Now, I'm very unhappy that I can't remove it or at least turn off the notifications. I see plenty of news, weather, sports, etc. on my Edge page. I don't want it in my Outlook inbox.
This is manipulative as it abuses the learned behaviour "number in folder means mail" in order to get you to click on their selected news items. I want my mail service separate from my news service.
Please, remove. I want Outlook only for E-Mail. May be in other section out of Mail, like OneDrive, Contacts, ... but no inside Mail.
Remove this feature and don't add it back until it has a switch to turn it off/on, and even then it should be opt-out by default. This is terrible UX having fake unread notifications there that I can't get rid of.
I hate it
Is useless and messes with MY email
Useless folder in this day and age; don't clog my email up.
do NOT add it! It only adds email that I don't want (= spam)!
Please make the News "feature" go away.
Would also be nice to disable the Junk filter. Too many good messages end up there and I don't want to add everyone to my address book along with with the ever changing sender email addresses.
I was thinking about switching to Outlook.com.
Not any more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I question if adding the new 'News' folder is a violation of my privacy. I can't move the folder and it keeps loading with numbers implying I haven't read a new email. This isn't email. I'm considering leaving this platform just because of the forcing of this News into my inbox. Please remove or provide a way to delete it. It's intentionally designed to get the user to click on it thinking there is unread email. It is very misleading and manipulative.
Joel Tbo commented
This is a preference that should be controllable by the user not forced. It is one of the most garbage choices Microsoft has done to date. More importantly, the quality of the feed is filled with ads pretending to be legitimate news.
two thumbs down for the news feed. I also did not choice strict Edge privacy setting to get only Microsoft ads and you should know this defeats the purpose of using an Edge Ad blocker when you only allow Microsoft to use ads.
David Barbagallo commented
Please delete the feature. thank you
TAKE THIS NEWS **** OFF OM COMPUTER!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously!!! Let me remove it.
Please - it's only been a few days and everything I have seen tells me that this new News folder is universally hated. How much more data do you need? Just put it out of its misery, already!
I contacted MS Outlook Support to remove the NEWS folder from favorites. Here is the reply:
As i get your concern that you want to remove the news folder from the folder pane. I understand your situation. As you may expect, we are often expected to resolve all issues — either it be possible or not due to system limitation though I understand that we have to as it is our job to make it happen.
The hardest part was for me personally is to deliver a hard message; that it cannot be possible at the moment to turn the feature off entirely.
With regards to your concern, we recommend submitting a feedback in Outlook UserVoice.
So, I am joining this feedback group to support the removal of NEWS from Outlook. I also agree that all folders in Outlook should be user defined and modified rather than mandated by MS.
Beau Gonzales commented
This feature is about as useful as Microsoft Zune, Windows 8, and phishing emails! If I had to take my pick, I'd go with phishing emails as I can create filters to get around them. Another poorly inventive idea that has fallen flat on its face. If I wanted news feeds in my email, I'd ask for it. So would any of your user base!
Absolutely concur! Remove this feature. I only want MY emails to show up in my EMAIL FOLDERS. Do not give me notifications for news I did not request and make it look like an email notification! UGH!
Susan Wands commented
Sometimes you want to avoid news... and now it shows up when I am checking my mail. Can you just let it be email without any extra ****? Or at least let it be removed... smh
This so called 'news' folder feature is utterly annoying. Another big 'fail' for microsoft. It's just SPAM ie: unwanted mail. Why would you introduce a folder essentially containing spam? Unbelievable!!!