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  1. 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…

  2. 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”.

  3. 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”.

  4. 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

    26 votes
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    45 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

  5. 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

  6. 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 →
  7. Cannot Empty Other

    Cannot empty Other without checking each email individually. What is going on??

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

    If you look to the left of the Focused/Other buttons, there is a gray circle with the check inside. If you click that button, you will select all messages in Other. Then you can use the Delete button in the triage bar (above the Focused/Other buttons) to delete all, or move all, etc.

    Hope this helps!

    Colin

  8. Why mess around with Calendar?

    New calendar can't send email reminders. I use Calendar to send myself email reminders of events. In the new Outlook version you took away the ability to click directly into the email reminder to change the date of the calendar event - which I complained about months ago with no response. Now you have messed it up even more, taking away the option to send myself email reminders of calendar events at all. A pop-up reminder on my lock screen is absolutely useless - I need to receive an email reminder as I have done for years. Why mess around…

    27 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Help Function is NON-Functioning

    The "?"/help function is not functioning at all. If you put in a word to search nothing happens. Now there is no way (or you buried it so people wont bother you) to email or call for help? Are you just trying to make people leave?!

    28 votes
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    26 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Why is blocking spam made difficult?

    It's almost impossible to manage spam and unwanted mail unless you are willing to spend a good deal of time searching around the programme and asking for help. No support in particular for blocking domain. Why? It should be made easy unless MS benefits from spammers activities?

    35 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey! You can right click on an email and “Mark as Junk” to mark an item as spam.

    If you think an email is a phishing attack, you can open the email and click on the … next to the reply actions in the top right corner. There, you can click “Mark as Phishing”.

    Hope this helps!

    Colin

  11. 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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    165 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

  12. Calendar reminder emails cannot be set/edited any longer (since Feb 1st, 2019)

    Calendar reminder emails cannot be set/edited any longer (since Feb 1st, 2019)

    28 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 126 votes
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    44 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey, you can disable the persona icons (colored circles) by opening settings. Click the gear in the header, then click “View all outlook settings” in the settings pane at the bottom.

    Then go to Mail > Layout > Sender image. Select “Don’t show sender images”.

    Hope this helps!

    Colin

  14. MISSING folders

    I want Hotmail back the way it was. I do not like the change. Some of my folders have been deleted.

    32 votes
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    48 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

  15. Selecting multiple items in Junk folder

    Older version allows you to select multiple items, even all items, in Junk and report them as phishing scams. This beta does not and that is a big fail for me.

    1,774 votes
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  16. 'Message can't be displayed at the moment'

    'Message can't be displayed at the moment'
    Please check your internet connection or try again later.
    My speed 50 to 80 mbs, ping 10 upload speed 12.5mbs
    Yet unable to open emails but can on other sites and other areas of the internet, WOT WOS run fine?
    Could not solve problem.

    45 votes
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    60 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

    I am sorry for any bugs or problems you hit in the new Outlook.com experience.

    We have been working hard to address these issues. I just tested and confirmed that I am not seeing this problem any more.

    Can you give it another try and report back by opening up a new feedback thread or contacting support from within Outlook.com?

    Thanks

    David Los

  17. Get rid of the "focused/other" folders

    Still don't like the "focused/other" distinction, especially since a lot of important stuff ends up in "other". There's already the junk folder to get rid of useless e-mails, I don't need another filter, especially one that decides for me what's important and what's not.

    1,329 votes
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    434 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback on the Outlook.com beta! I fully understand that the Focused/Other feature is one that might take a little getting used to, and might not fit everyone’s workflow.

    The good news I have is that you can turn this feature off yourself:

    1. Go to Settings
    2. Where it says Sort messages into Focused and other, toggle it to Off

    https://support.office.com/article/Get-help-with-the-Outlook-com-beta-fa2e5110-fa17-4b3b-88c8-87812230a048

    Let me know if this doesn’t work. Please keep the feedback flowing, we’d love to make the beta experience an amazing one for you!

  18. categories with colors in calendar

    I liked the previous feature of having categories with different colors in the calendar. Having colors makes it easier for me to know what should be done, compared to charms. eg have a red category for deadlines and a green for completed. that way i briefly scan my calendar page and i know all the information i need.

    346 votes
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    92 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. 20 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 on the web.

    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”.

  20. double click email / Pop Out

    I want to double click my message to see the full message rather than the squashed preview, it's missing some information unless I scroll the preview pane.

    878 votes
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    419 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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