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  1. 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

    4,855 votes
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      280 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!

    • Annoying grey pop up on deleting email

      Please get rid of, or give an option to disable, the really really annoying grey pop up that appears when you delete an email to ask you whether to delete or undo. This is not needed, you can undo from the deleted folder. I don't want to see it every time. I hate it.

      37 votes
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        42 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for the feedback! You can turn off the action confirmation bar by going to Settings → View all Outlook settings → General → Notifications → Action confirmations, and deselect the checkbox next to “Confirm that the action was successful”.

        Note that you will still be able to undo an action taken via keyboard shortcuts or via the top menu header option “Undo”.

        Note: If you do not see this option, it might be hidden in the overflow menu (…).

      • 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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          241 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!

        • 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…

          128 votes
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            20 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            51 votes
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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

            • Option to turn off Conversation view

              Please allow option to turn off conversation view.

              907 votes
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                296 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…

              • 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 →
                • Reading Pane on the Bottom

                  I'd like the reading pane on the bottom of the screen.

                  3,752 votes
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                    425 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • the look and feel

                    The look and feel is just terrible. There is way too much going on. I would like to keep it simple just like with the current UI. If this beta doesnt change and goes to production I am definitely switching over to gmail

                    994 votes
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                      25 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

                      You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

                      We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

                      You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

                      -The Outlook.com Team

                    • Update is the worst.

                      Your update has made your email service completely unusable. This is the worst. I can't even figure out how to delete multiple emails on the desktop version. Disappointed as it is such a pain to have to change my email over to a new service. I have had the same email for years. But since the update I can not even be bothered.

                      Sometimes simple is better. You have completely wrecked everything that was great about hotmail.

                      82 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

                        You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

                        We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

                        You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

                        -The Outlook.com Team

                      • It is not functional, it disperses me, before I found everything much faster. I do not like. Thanks for letting me comment.

                        It is not functional, it disperses me, before I found everything much faster. I do not like. Thanks for letting me comment.

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                          5 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

                          You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

                          We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

                          You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

                          -The Outlook.com Team

                        • Don't show the Splash screen each time

                          If you're trying to chase me away from using Outlook, you're on the right track. Do I have to click to remove the popup announcement about the "improved" Outlook every single time I sign in? Do all the swell new features you crow about cause the extreme slowness of the system? Do you think people might not want your brilliant innovations forced on them, they're happy with things as they were?

                          57 votes
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                            45 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hello all – I just wanted to provide a quick update. We were able to get a patch pushed out which disabled the spalsh screen that some of you were seeing on each login.

                            You should not be seeing the issue any more. However, I do want to let you know that it is highly likely that you will see it one more time in the coming days. As the fix to the bug roles out it will trigger the screen just one more time.

                            Thank you for reporting this issue, and sorry for the annoyance it caused!

                            Thanks

                            David Los

                          • It's a mess.

                            It's a mess. Someone went wild with the crayons. I'm an adult; I want my emails to be displayed in clean, clear and succinct manner. It's Email, not the next great novel. Stop trying to fix what isn't broken. The old hotmail was clean, and now I'm dealing with Focus and Other - sheer idiocy, so don't make worse than it is!

                            213 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              First off, thank you for taking time out of your day to try the new Outlook.com experience as well as providing feedback!

                              Since you have left this feedback, we have introduced a lot of additional settings that will allow you to configure the experience to be closer to the classic Hotmail/Outlook.com experience.

                              To get started click on the Gear in the top right.

                              From there you might want to Disable Conversation View, Reading Pane, Sender Photos, Attachment Previews, Group messages by date, and Focused Inbox.

                              Once you have those off it should look much more like the older experience.

                              Hope this helps, and please keep the feedback coming!

                              David Los

                            • Bring back the Skype integration

                              The Skype ias apparently gone from Outlook.com beta, as the Skype button near the Settings cog icon is nowhere to be found. I think many users didn't like the integration (there was no way to completely disable it) but it still was a nice feature for Skype users.

                              2,681 votes
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                                503 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Update January 2018:

                                Skype is back! :)

                                More improvements to the Skype integration will come in the future, but for now, please enjoy the upgraded Skype chat experience!

                                P.S.: If you wish to mute notifications, you can do so in the Settings panel under General > Skype > Notifications.

                              • Where has the "Move all email from" option gone?

                                Where has the "Move all email from" option gone? It is no longer available under the "Move to" drop-down menu. I used to be able to open an email message, choose "Move to", then choose "Move all email from", it would auto-fill the sender from the selected message, then I would select a folder, and it would sweep my inbox and move all emails from that sender to a folder. I no longer see that option. The "Sweep" option only gives an option to delete. Very frustrating!

                                113 votes
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                                • Allow users to turn off the sender photos and color icons in the message list

                                  Allow users to turn off the sender photos in the message list (the middle column of the three). It's overly busy for my tastes.

                                  (Full disclosure, I'm a Microsoft employee)

                                  2,643 votes
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                                    249 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for the feedback!
                                    To turn these off do the following:
                                    1) Click on the Gear in the upper right hand corner
                                    2) In the Quick Settings Pane that opened look for Sender Photos
                                    3) You can enable or disable the Sender photos right there.
                                    Thanks for the feedback, and please keep it coming!

                                  • Sucks.....

                                    Sucks.. Like sucks.. Every update it get worst.

                                    60 votes
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                                      66 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

                                      You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

                                      We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

                                      You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

                                      -The Outlook.com Team

                                    • why no email reminder option

                                      Bring back email reminders

                                      36 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Keep it simple.

                                        Email isn't for emojis & bright colors. Keep it clean and simple. There's too much noise everywhere else in the world.

                                        I use my personal email to communicate with friends and family. I don't need to be entertained and over stimulated by gimmicks. I just want to send a message and easily find the ones I've received.

                                        595 votes
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                                          55 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          First off, I want to thank each and everyone of you for using Outlook.com and for taking the time to provide feedback on the new experience.

                                          I know that a few different topics got merged down into this suggestion, so I wanted to offer some broad guidance on how you might configure the new experience to get it to look more like what you want.

                                          Lets start off with the feedback about not wanting the bright colored circles, emojis, and joyful animations. All of these can be disabled. Click on the gear in the top right hand corner, this will load the quick setting pane. From here first disable the Sender Photos. This removes the colored circles with initials.

                                          Then continue to scroll down and select view all Options. In this options page select Compose and Reply. In this page look for Joyful animations. turning this off will eliminate the…

                                        • Email reminders in Beta are not visible

                                          Thank you for finally putting email reminders into the Beta version of Calendar :-) However, unfortunately the Beta version it doesn't allow me to see the existing email reminders - there is a blue hyperlink, but nothing happens when I click on it. When I go from Beta back to Original calendar, I can see and edit the email reminders.

                                          38 votes
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