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  1. Inbox Rules need to allow for all kinds of triggers and actions

    Example: Mail rules currently cannot forward mail.

    I need to be able to do more than move to a folder.

    3,731 votes
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    304 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for trying the Outlook.com beta! We’re glad to inform that we’ve released an update for inbox rules that allow for all sorts of combinations in settings.

    To create an advanced rule, either:
    1) Right-click on an email
    2) Click “Create rule”
    3) Click “More options”
    4) Create away!

    OR

    1) Click the settings gear icon in the top right
    2) Click “View full settings”
    3) Click “Rules”
    4) Click “Add new rule”
    5) Create away!

  2. Problem with Subscriptions.

    I unsubscribed individually from dozens of subscriptions in my subscriptions list that I never subscribed to. It took me more than 30 minutes because of the lack of a bulk select button.

    I still cannot unsubscribe from VictoriaHearts 1xwww.gdn or several other craps in my subscriptions list.

    Please stop adding **** to my subscriptions list without my prior approvasl. I did not subscribe to that ****.

    Please let me bulk edit my subscriptions list and select which to block after unsubscribing.

    I also could not select by page the dozens of bounceback emails that I received upon unsubscribing.

    74 votes
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    43 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey all! I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing these problems. Outlook does not subscribe you to any subscription emails, so these emails are from other senders who have your email address.

    We do allow you to bulk-select your messages.. above all your emails at the top, there is a gray circle with a check inside it. Click this circle and it will turn blue, and you will select all emails in the folder that you are currently in. See the attached photo for more details.

    You should be able to unsubscribe to these individually by clicking a link on each unwanted email. Alternatively, you can block the sender in settings by going to Mail > Junk email > Block Senders. https://outlook-sdf.office.com/mail/options/mail/junkEmail

    We’ll also be releasing a feature soon which will let you manage all of your subscriptions from inside your Outlook.com account… Stay on the lookout!

    Colin

  3. Focused and Other - Get Rid Of!

    I want one inbox - I didn't ask for two. The other and focused options are so screwed up and annoying; I cannot even imagine why this was done. Most of the time I am getting focused emails in my other and other emails in my focused. How do your algorithms even sort or decide which is which? And why are you deciding? It is my inbox!

    1,857 votes
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    325 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off – I want to thank each and every one of your for trying the Outlook.com beta. Also for spending the time to offer and vote on all of the feedback.

    I wanted to make sure that we let you all know that we did add some more controls around the Focused/Other inboxes. This includes allowing you to decide if you want it on or off.

    We also fixed some bugs to make sure that it keeps your desired setting after you login/log out

    To Control Focused Other Do the following:

    1) Login to your account and make sure you are in the Beta
    2) In the top right hand corner there is a little Gear Icon, click on it.
    3) This opens the quick settings pane. From here you can disable Focused/Other, as well as other features like Conversation View, and the reading Pane.

    Also, as you click…

  4. Previewing attachments

    New way of previewing attachments doesn't display them properly, half the page is off the screen.

    25 votes
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    30 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Ads take up too much space

    I also have an Office 365 Home subscription... can that remove ads for me?

    6,332 votes
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    828 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update January 2018:

    We have confirmed that all users whose email addresses have an Office 365 subscription attached to it are getting the ad-free Outlook.com experience. We encourage anyone who would like the ad-free Outlook.com experience to sign up for an Office 365 subscription, which comes with a plethora of additional perks and benefits.

    In addition to this, users who would like to have a larger reading surface may find the Reading Pane Off/Hidden mode more preferable. This setting may be found in the Quick Settings panel, under Reading Pane > Hide.

  6. 6,218 votes
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    235 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Make it less cluttered

    I didnt like it. I don't like how much more difficult this is getting to navigate and cluttered it is. I miss hotmail. Simple. Effective. You can see the emails, organize them, get to them. Same with your contacts thats ALL that an email service is supposed to do, all that we need it to do.

    1,705 votes
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    199 comments  ·  Chat  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, I just want to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time and providing feedback on the new Outlook.com experience. I totally appreciate that updates can often be frustrating when things change. I also want to thank everyone that has provided feedback over the course of the Beta to ensure that we address feedback.

    With that being said, I do want to offer some types/advice on some options that you can select to get a view that is more in line with the old experience. This includes turning off the Colored bubbles :)

    First click on the Gear in the top right hand corner. This will load the Quick Settings Pane. This pane includes all of the key features that are likely different between the old experience and the new experience.

    To get a view that is similar to the old view I would turn off…

  8. Multiple Email Reminder

    Please add Multiple Email Reminder option while booking an event - this was always there in your old design/format.

    74 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey everyone, we actually support email reminders in the new version of Outlook!

    First, click on the calendar event to open it up. Then you will see a bell that says “Remind me:”. Click on “Remind me:” to open the reminder option menu. In order to add an email reminder, scroll to the bottom of that menu and click on “Add email reminder”, You can then add as many email reminders as you want!

    Colin

  9. GET RID OF FOCUSED MAIL NOW!

    Get rid of the focused mail!, just sort by date cause i have to go through extra steps to find mail thats not there cause it didnt meet the criteria of focused, whatever that may be.

    332 votes
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    191 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thank you for using outlook.com, and for providing such great actionable feedback!

    I just wanted to let you all know that if you don’t like the Focused Inbox, you are able to easily disable it. When you disable it you will get all of your inbox items in a single view.

    To do this, do the following:

    1) Click on the Gear in the top right,
    2) this opens the Quick Settings Pane, from here look for Focused Inbox. Turn it off.

    Hope this helps!

  10. 115 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 4 column layout is not good for reading email content.

    the screen is separated into 4 columns: folder list, email subject list, email content and ads. I do not mind ads but it takes a huge potion of screen if 4 columns!
    I can't read the email content in such a small column area!
    No one write an email that expected people read in column!

    1,113 votes
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    201 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all – First off thanks for all of the valuable feedback. We review it all and try to ensure we are addressing things! I just wanted to give some updates about all of the feedback about the multiple columns

    We totally understand that some of you really do not enjoy the multi column or reading pane on the right hand side.

    So we have introduced a few quick settings that will allow you to configure the experience in a way that is pleasing to you.

    Once you are logged into your mailbox (and in the Beta) do the following
    1) Click on the Gear in the top right hand corner
    2) This will show the Quick Settings Pane
    3) The items you will likely want to configure are Reading Pane. For this you can Either turn it off, have it on the bottom, or on the right.
    4) Message…

  12. Missing sender email address on hover and in reading pane

    In the current outlook.com I am able to see the email address of the sender immediately. This is useful in the junk folder so I can see if the email could be legitimate.

    This was not possible in the beta without looking at the source which is time consuming.

    4,559 votes
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    185 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update 11/1:

    Now, when you see a single sender in the message list, you can hover over the sender name to see the full email address. Also, when in the reading pane, senders that are not in your safe sender’s list or contacts list will have their full email addresses shown as well.

    Thanks for using the Outlook.com beta!

  13. Enable sorting by sender, dates, subject, etc. in the filter dropdown

    The filter tab in the earlier version allowed to sort by sender / subject etc. Please enable that

    4,852 votes
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    283 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    December 2017: Thanks for your patience and continued use of the Outlook.com beta! We roll out new improvements every week, and are elated to announce that a recent update opened up this feature to you! You now can sort your message list by Receive Time (default), Sender Name, and Message Size.

    We will continue to make other improvements to the Outlook.com beta experience; thanks for your support!

  14. 36 votes
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    59 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thank you for using Outlook.com and for taking the time to provide feedback.

    I just wanted to send a quick update and let you know that you can indeed log out of Outlook.com. If you click on the Me Control (your name/picture) at the top right hand corner. From there you should see a Sign Out/Log out option.

    This will close your session and sign you out of outlook.com.

    Hope this helps

    David Los

  15. Expand the 'move to' list of folders, and also add New Folder

    Users need to have the ability to move emails to any folders, not just the few shown when you click on 'move to'. The current version of Outlook allows you to expand the folder list so users can find the folder they want to move emails to, but the beta version got rid of that function.

    4,207 votes
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    247 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update November 2017:

    We recently updated the Move to dropdown (in the command bar) and the Move to context menu item to prioritize your most-recently used folders. We believe this is an improvement that you will prefer over the fixed alphabetized list.

    To create a new folder, simply use the New folder item in the folder pane.

    Please enjoy the rest of Outlook.com!

  16. show date and time of our reply to a message

    Lost feature: in the Classic version, showing at the top of a received message isa notation of the date and time when we replied to that message. It used to say, "you replied 10/19/2018, 7:34 am." Once I saw that confirmation, I knew whether to delete or move that received email from my inbox.

    This feature is important, as it confirms not only that I have replied and that the message was sent successfully, it allows me to easily reference that reply in follow up emails. I can easily search for and confirm the content of my reply by accessing…

    130 votes
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    20 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Option to turn off Conversation view

    Please allow option to turn off conversation view.

    908 votes
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    301 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thank you all for taking the time to provide such detailed feedback and sharing your opinions. Also I want to thank you for using outlook.com!

    Now I just wanted to take a moment and provide you an update around some of the conversation view settings. There has been some folks that rather not have the conversation view, and return to the older style of viewing. I am happy to say that this is now an option

    To do this do the following:

    1) Go to the Gear menu in the top of the new outlook.com experience
    2) This opens the quick settings pane.
    3) For Conversation View, you can select Off. This will put you back into the experience you are more used to.

    Finally, you can also change the sort order (newest on top, newest on bottom). This should give you the same flexibility that you had…

  18. See more emails and not more advertising

    Please, don't add advertising on our page of outlook or, if it's not possible, put them on the right side of the emails and very thin, so that way we will be able to see a lot of the emails that we have received and not only one or two as now.

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    240 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for using outlook.com and providing the great feedback! We are constantly looking at ways of improving our ad experience. I did want to let you know that if you have an Office 365 subscription, you actually do get an Ad Free Outlook.com experience as well as more space!

    Thanks for the feedback and please keep it coming.

    David Los

  19. More options for reminder times

    Miss being able to add alerts. ie a week two days and two hours, as with the old version.

    146 votes
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    30 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Keep Notes Section In Calendar Event

    When making a calendar event in the current Outlook.com there is a section to add notes. This is missing in the Beta Calendar. Notes are visible in the Beta from entries made in the current Outlook.com Calendar but you are unable to edit them. I use the notes section to remind me of details about calendar events. The loss of this option would force me to use a different Calendar app/service.

    763 votes
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    319 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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