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  1. Lag in typing while composing emails in Microsoft Outlook 2016

    There is a lag when typing new emails in Outlook 2016 (Windows 10 64 bit). This does not happen in web browsers/other office applications.

    134 votes
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      91 comments  ·  Speed and Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      This issue is fixed in all channels but Deferred Channel. Deferred Channel will get the fix in June 2017 when the next major update gets rolled out. Note that Deferred Channel only gets updates every four months and is slower to get updates than other channels.

      To confirm the channel you are on you can look the version in Outlook (File, Office Account), and match the version on this page, https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Version-and-build-numbers-of-update-channel-releases-ae942449-1fca-4484-898b-a933ea23def7?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US.

      If you are on Deferred Channel and need the fix ask your Tenant Admin to switch your channel to Current Channel. There is also an option to use this KB to switch from Deferred to Current, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3185078/how-to-switch-from-deferred-channel-to-current-channel-for-the-office-365-suite.

    • Moving messages to folders with drop down list is too slow

      Moving Messages with Drop-down list - Previously the entire list of folders was immediately available to scroll down. Now, only the first few folders appear, and you must click <more> and wait for the full list of folders to populate. Too slow and time consuming! Recent folders at top of list is not really helpful. Bring back the previous drop down feature.

      40 votes
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        10 comments  ·  Speed and Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Rule to send to OneNote

        Ability to create a rule to send to OneNote based on certain criteria.

        33 votes
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        • Adjust Outlook performance to handle super-delegate scenarios

          Microsoft states that it has not tested delegate scenarios beyond a 1 to 4 ratio of delegate to managers, also known as the super-delegate scenario. Some guidance is provided on ways to handle super-delegate scenarios in this TechNet Blog post:

          https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/office_resource_kit/2012/12/17/recommendations-for-configuring-delegate-scenarios-in-outlook-2010/

          Unfortunately, this post does not go far enough towards addressing a need to scale to larger delegate scenarios (think 1 to 40 or greater) and the performance hit to Outlook synchronization that is seen as the ratio increases.

          In a super-delegate scenario, the delegate (or team of delegates) opening a manager’s mailbox will change day-to-day and as a result…

          24 votes
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          • Why does my Outlook have a constant lag in it's operations since the 2016 upgrade?

            Office Outlook 2016 runs extremely slow, with a constant lag in all it's operations. ie. when selecting emails or switching between mail, calendar, contacts, there's an average 2-3 second lag. With the calendar, it doesn't scroll properly and has to 'think' about it before jumping forward/backward. selecting This has only started occurring since the 2016 upgrade.

            21 votes
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            • Please add tethered sync between Outlook Desktop and universal Outlook to save on mobile data plans

              Please add tethered sync between Outlook Desktop and universal mobile phone Outlook to save on mobile data plans. Similar functionality used to exist with the Windows Mobile Device Center. This functionality would save on mobile data plans.

              16 votes
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              • Outlook 2016 sync issues

                In Outlook 2016, I am missing 5 months worth of sent E-mails. The E-mails are there as can be seen in Outlook.com, however, they will not sync to Outlook 2016. Meanwhile, Outlook 2016 believes that sync is complete. Syncing between Outlook 2016 and Outlook.com seems generally unreliable and slow.

                14 votes
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                • metered connection

                  Often Outlook (and Edge browser as well) will think I'm still on a metered connection after I've connected to WiFi. This usually keeps the apps offline even if I say it's ok to continue.

                  Only rebooting the PC will help solve the problem.

                  14 votes
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                  • Please reopen all the drafts that were open on outlook restart or crash

                    Please reopen all the drafts that were open on outlook restart or crash

                    12 votes
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                    • Option to Autostart Microsoft Outlook 2016 with WIndows

                      Adding an Option to Auto-start Microsoft Outlook 2016 with Windows would be beneficial.

                      10 votes
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                      • Option to add Images in Notes in Microsoft Outlook 2016.

                        Option to add Images in Notes in Microsoft Outlook 2016.

                        7 votes
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                        • Add an option to check the PST file size in front view in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                          Add an option to check the PST file size in front view in Microsoft Outlook 2016 to ensure that PST file size remains under control and possible data corruption or loss can be avoided.

                          5 votes
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                          • GPO Sync Slider settings

                            The current settings in the GPOs allow only a fixed cache period, which is now in Outlook 2016 more granular, what is great. But it woulod be beneficial to have two GPO settings regarding this:
                            1. The time frame of caching in month (existing)
                            2. If the user can change this within the defined time frame
                            So for example the GPO fixes 12 month caching, but with the second option, the user could lower to 6 month, but not beyond the 12 month.

                            5 votes
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                            • Support cache all for large mailboxes

                              I would like the option of caching more data. Now that the E3 size is increased to 100GB the local ost is still supposed to be kept below 10GB (kb2759052). I would like this flat file architecture to be replaced with something that can support a large offline cache if users want it.

                              4 votes
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                              • Provide different GPO settings for the default account and added accounts

                                We already have GPOs to enable caching in Outlook but these settings are valid for all accounts added. It would make sense to have distinct settings for the default account where I would e.g. cache items for 24 month but for all other accounts maybe only 3 to 12 months for performance reasons regarding OST files.

                                4 votes
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                                • unread

                                  Incorrect unread count on Inbox is still shown even if all mails have already been viewed and read.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Make Outlook program multi-threaded

                                    Whenever you're working in a popup window, e.g. settings, all other Outlook windows are frozen. Makes it hard to grab needed text or other info from those other windows.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Prior state hold/setting hold

                                      I would love if when I close Outlook it would preserve where I left off like that of Edge. In Edge it remembers what pages/tabs I had open previous and returns me to the same point when I re-open the app. Often in Outlook I will open multiple email messages as a way to remind me that day that I need to respond. If my devices battery dies or I close Outlook I can't remember which emails I had open.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • don't block shutdown if emptying the "deleted items" folder on exit is on

                                        Please don't block Windows shutdown if the setting to empty the "deleted items" folder on exit is set.

                                        Do select a sensible default instead. Based on how autosave is behaving in other office applications, I'd say go ahead and delete without asking. Alternatively, skip the folder cleanup on shutdown and just exit. Whatever you do, just don't stop the shutdown sequence.

                                        This is one of the most frustrating things in Outlook for me, as this usually happens just as I want to shut down the laptop and rush to the train station (this is also the reason I usually don't…

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Provide 2 keys to mark as read(control+q) or mark as unread (control+U) in Outlook 2016

                                          It will be useful if instead of using 2 keys to mark as read(control+q) or mark as unread (control+U) which can use only one key as a switch.

                                          2 votes
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