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  1. Shrinking emails!!

    the ads cause the email to shrink and makes it very hard to see the email. could you please remove the ads on the right side. Thanks

    272 votes
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    22 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback about the new Outlook.com experience! We truly value it and appreciate you picking us for your email!

    I did want to take a few seconds and let you all know that there is an option to get an ad free experience of Outlook.com. If you have an Office 365 subscription, one of the benefits is an ad free experience on Outlook.com.

    You can get an Office 365 subscription by clicking on the Get Premium button in the left hand column.

    For those that don’t want to get a subscription there are two other options that might feel better. First you can turn off the Reading pane. This will give more space when you open up a message.

    Secondly, you are able to double click on a message and open it in a pop-out window.

    Hope this helps!

    David Los

  2. 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.

    84 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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!

    217 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

  6. 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.

    2,682 votes
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    505 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.

  7. Sucks.....

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

    63 votes
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    68 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

  8. Hard to tell between read and unread messages

    I liked some of the ideas being used in beta, but I hate the new layout! I found it far less readable. It was more difficult to differentiate between read and unread messages quickly. I'd love the option to change the layout to what I prefer. It was enough to make me opt out.

    2,683 votes
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    Completed  ·  257 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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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  10. why no email reminder option

    Bring back email reminders

    39 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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)

    2,640 votes
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    251 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!

  12. 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.

    39 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Go back to old hotmail version - NO outlook

    I dont like neither of the Outlook templates, the beta or the actual version. I use to love my hotmail template with my marks emails appearing first and everything most simple. Now with Outlook if I don't see it on my iphone, some of thenew emails that aririves to me doesn't appear in my home page and I have to look for them on "search" and and if it was not enough the "send" botton stopped working a few days ago and they haven't solve it so I cants send emails if is not trhough te awful beta version.

    195 votes
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    106 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

  14. 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.

    596 votes
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    56 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…

  15. 2,327 votes
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    227 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’ve now made it possible to block users in non-junk folders.

    Select one or more emails and click the “Junk” dropdown in the top menu bar → “Block”, or right-click on the email and select “Block”.

    Note: To block users in the Junk email folder, select the “Not junk” dropdown in the top menu bar → “Block”, or right-click on the email and select “Block”.

  16. 47 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! We have just released an option to switch to more saturated calendar colors in the new Outlook.

    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”.

  17. Beta not good for me

    The new version is not good because the many parameters and adjustable options of the old version have disappeared. I need to be able to set more than what is possible in the new version, as rules of messages, aliases, ....

    306 votes
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    56 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello – First off, I just wanted to thank everyone for responding and providing all of the valuable feedback. More importantly I also want to thank you for using Outlook.com.

    I did want to update everyone and let them know that we have re-introduced all of the options that were in the old experience. This took a bit of time, as we wanted to make sure we were designing simplified experiences for everyone.

    Please keep the great feedback coming!

    David Los

  18. add attendee

    There is no way to add someone to a meeting in the edit menu. Seriously?!?

    402 votes
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    173 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Ads

    I'm tiring of see ads in outllook, im my case on the right side of messages. If they can't be removed I am moving to gmail

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

    Thank you for the feedback, and for using Outlook.com.

    I just wanted to let you know that we do offer an Ad free experience of Outlook.com to all of our Office 365 subscribers. With the Office 365 subscription you get a wide range of benefits. This includes Skype calling, ability to install the Office client (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc), and finally ad free experience in Outlook.com

    Hope this helps

    David Los

  20. Advanced search

    How do I do an advanced search in the beta? Specifically, how do I search by date?

    274 votes
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    164 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello – I just wanted to let you know that we have enabled search date ranges in the new Outlook.com experience.

    If you click into the search bar at the top of the screen, you will see a filter view in the right of the search box. If you click that you can see you can now enter date ranges.

    Hope this helps!

    David Los

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