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  1. Add Bcc field to meeting requests in Outlook 2016

    I would like the option to send meetings requests with BCC so all information about all invitees is not shared with everyone that is invited

    Also, Outlook calendar entries need BCC – without showing these!

    886 votes
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      119 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi everyone,

      Thank you for providing a clear signal that we should prioritize this new feature.

      We are planning to support this feature in Outlook for Office 365 subscribers. We will share an updated status when engineering work for this feature begins.

      Thanks again and please feel free to continue up-voting and commenting on this suggestions.

    • Reply all with attachments included in Outlook 2016

      In Microsoft Outlook 2016, when reply all to the email with attachments, the attachments are not available and we have to attach them manually. An option to reply all to the email with all the attachments included would be more productive in Microsoft Outlook 2016 as that option is not available as of now.

      724 votes
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        196 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 293 votes
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        • Auto complete using full contact list instead of just "recent contacts"

          When I'm writing an email, I would like to be able to type an email from my contacts into the "to" bar and have outlook autocomplete the email without me having to go to the contacts menu.

          88 votes
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            14 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add an option to create a new contact from email signature in Outlook 2016

            Add an option to create a new contact from email signature.

            126 votes
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              4 comments  ·  People  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 50 votes
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                12 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide ability to change the color of the reading pane or set background and text color for the reading pane

                The dark theme is great in Outlook, however the inability to change the background and text color of the reading pane make it almost painful.

                It would be fantastic to have the ability to configure the default CSS for the reading pain and text/html therein.

                80 votes
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                • Change ownership of calendar event in Outlook 2016

                  Sometimes the owner of a meeting (or, more often, meeting series) is on vacation or changes jobs; it would be nice if they could assign ownership of an instance (for vacation) or the full series (for job changes) to someone else.

                  24 votes
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                  • Provide a feature or option to assign colors to Calendars in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                    This is not for the "categories" for color-coding each entry... those haven't really changed, and although I would love more color options, it works. BUT, I'm really sad that the new "Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016" Outlook calendar color options have been severely reduced and honestly folks, these colors are sad. Get rid of pink. Forever. Or make it the 30th choice. So hard to look at. We need more than 9 options... I regularly have far more than 9 calendars open and need to be able to quickly differentiate. It is nice that you can now dedicate a specific…

                    135 votes
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                    • Provide an option to assign colors for incoming emails in Microsoft Outlook 2016 for easy identification

                      Provide an option to assign colors for incoming emails in Microsoft Outlook 2016 for easy identification. Designate my supervisors emails writing in Red as an example. Just being able to assign a font color to a person for incoming mail so they pop out at you. Especially when you receive hundreds of emails a day. I would rather have that then the little color boxes.

                      18 votes
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                      • Family Calendars cannot be updated from Outlook Desktop

                        Using Outlook 2016 for Windows, I cannot add or update events to my Outlook.com family calendar.

                        61 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          The Outlook team is working on this update. We will add support for adding and updating events on family calendars as part of an overall improvement to shared calendars in Outlook.

                          We will post a subsequent status update when the shared calendar improvements are available for you to use in Outlook. Our current ETA is to begin releasing to subscription customers who are using Outlook 2016 this summer (July 2018).

                        • Add Ability to insert Check boxes within a Task in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                          Currently, we can only insert bullets into Tasks. It would be helpful to be able to create checklists. Linking to OneNote is an immediate work-around.

                          26 votes
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                          • Provide an option to insert an image or embed in the body of message in outlook 2016

                            Provide an option to insert an image or embed in the body of message in outlook 2016 or to allow embedding an image from attachment; Attached image as inserted image in document flow.

                            82 votes
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                            • Provide an option to "send to added and deleted attendees only" when adding people to existing calendar event in Outlook 2016

                              Previously when you added people to an existing event before the event update was sent out it would ask if you wanted to send it only to the people added or deleted from the event and that feature is now gone in Outlook 2016

                              49 votes
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                              • Highligth each months in different colors to seperate months in Outlook 2016

                                It would be great if separate months are highlighted in different colors, so that the months could be easily distinguished.

                                182 votes
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                                • Bug: search box doesn't search for what I type

                                  Bug: When I begin typing a search term in the "Search Current Mailbox" input box, a dropdown box appears listing recent searches. Whatever, I don't intend to click on any of those. I finish typing my search term and hit "Enter" - outlook does not search for what I typed. Instead, it searched for the term in the dropdown that happened to be under the cursor of my untouched mouse.

                                  63 votes
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                                  • Provide an option of delete in the pop up window when an email is received in outlook 2016

                                    Why did you remove the delete option in the pop up window when an email is received?

                                    61 votes
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                                    • Outlook Meeting Response Option of "INFORMATION ONLY"

                                      Meetings as FYI Only -

                                      Please add a fourth meeting response option such as "Information Only" which automatically responds "Decline" but leaves the meeting info on your calendar. The meeting response would also automatically show the calendar as "FREE" with "No Reminder". This allows the user to change their response without having to sift through deleted emails or respond tentative leaving others to guess as to your meeting participation when you have no intention of going at all.

                                      8 votes
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                                      • Add option for Delegate access NOT to receive user's meeting requests

                                        There needs to be an additional option in the Delegates setup for the user's meeting requests & responses to go to the USER ONLY (and not to the Delegate). This is needed because currently if you grant permissions to your folder/calendar without setting the person up as a Delegate, they can schedule meetings on your behalf BUT they cannot set up meetings as Skype meetings. You should be able to have calendar permissions with Skype scheduling permissions WITHOUT having to receive the meeting requests & responses for all of the users that you schedule meetings for.

                                        17 votes
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                                        • bring back clutter folder

                                          I loved how clutter sorted out my mail the new focused system is NOT the same and I would like to bring back the clutter folder as an option

                                          254 votes
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