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  1. 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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    824 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.

  2. 6,218 votes
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  3. 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…

  4. 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!

  5. 115 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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…

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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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    246 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!

  11. 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 →
  12. 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…

  13. 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.

    52 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

  14. 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 →
  15. 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 →
  16. Safelinks isn't working

    I can't click any link in any e-mail on any device.
    Service Unavailable
    HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

    31 votes
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    33 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off thank you for reporting the issues you have been having with safelinks. There was a bug that did impact the safelinks for a short period of time. This has since been resolved and everything should be operating normally.

    If you are seeing anything else, please feel free to reach back out!

    Thanks

    David Los

  17. Reading Pane on the Bottom

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

    3,752 votes
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  18. Low-contrast colors in Outlook.com Beta Calendar

    The color scheme used by the new Outlook.com Beta Calendar - particularly on the Month view, which this feedback is referring to - is a huge step backwards in user-friendliness and accessible design.

    I make extensive use of categories in my calendar, with each category using a different color. With the pre-beta Outlook.com Calendar, the calendar appointments on the Month view were displayed as a solid, high-contrast, rectangular block of bold color with the title in bold text inside the block. The colors and styling closely matched those used in the Outlook 2016 desktop client, which made it very easy…

    85 votes
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    23 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! The deployment for an option to switch to more saturated calendar colors in the new Outlook is now complete.

    If you would like to try out this experience, please click on the gear icon in the top right of your calendar module to access your settings, and toggle “Bold event colors”.

  19. I used to be able to alphabetically sort emails in folders by subject. This is no longer an option. Please add a subject sort.

    I set up over 250 recipes using the subject sort that was previously available. Now I have a folder of recipes that I have to go through one by one to find a particular recipe. Please restore our ability to select a sort by subject within folders.

    162 votes
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  20. 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

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