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  1. 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

  2. Where is the block button in junk mail?

    Where is the block button in junk mail? I used to be able to instantly block an address, now I have to open the email, cut and paste the address, and go to settings to block?! I thought updates were supposed to make things easier, not add more work.

    408 votes
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    151 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for using Outlook.com!

    To block a user from the junk email folder, either:
    - Select one or more emails and click the “Not Junk” dropdown in the top menu bar → “Block”
    - Right-click on an email and select “Block”.

    Note: In non-junk folders, the option to block a user is under the “Junk” dropdown in the top menu bar

  3. Beta version is good but too slow. I don't like messages organized by month, it's difficult to diferentiate between new, flaged and old msgs

    Beta version is good but too slow. I don't like messages organized by month, it's difficult to diferentiate between new, flaged and old msgs

    403 votes
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    129 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off I would like to thank everyone for providing all of this great feedback. We truly do read every piece of it and discuss how we can incorporate it into outlook.com

    I did want to address the feedback about the date separators in the message list. There have been a variety of people wishing that they can disable these.

    I am happy to say that we now support this!

    To disable them, do these simple steps

    1) Click on the Gear in the top right hand corner.
    2) Disable the Group messages by Date

    Once you have done that it will get rid of all of the date headers.

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks

    David Los

  4. add attendee

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

    402 votes
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  5. 399 votes
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    140 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback on the Outlook.com beta! We really appreciate this usability feedback. The reply/reply-all/forward options are there under a menu in the upper right corner of an email, but we understand they are not discoverable enough for you and we are considering several solutions. We will reply when we have an update.

    Update August 17: We are working on making the individual buttons readily available.

    Update August 18: We have fixed this. Please don’t stop giving us your feedback on the Outlook.com beta!

  6. Small message displaying area

    The screen is divided into four parts where the message displaying area looks small, it feels congested to me. The round icon colour for the contacts can be darker so it would blend in with the UI. The fonts look good, spam filter is awesome, surfing speed is good, and ads on the right side is not that annoying till now for me.

    388 votes
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    208 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your experiences with the new Outlook.com experience.

    We have been working to adjust the experience based on all of your feedback. Since we have introduced some settings, I wanted to make sure you were all aware of them.

    When you are signed in, you can click on the gear in the top right hand corner. From here it will load the quick settings pane. This pane will allow you to disable/enable features that will make it feel more like the old experience.

    Specifically I want to call out the Reading Pane. The old experience had the reading pane defaulted to OFF. What I would recommend doing is trying to hide it and see if that helps improve your experience.

    Hope this helps

    David Los

  7. Love Dark Mode

    Its fantastic to use dark mode for outlook mail and I hope that you will provide dark mode to other services such as One drive, One note and tasks etc

    382 votes
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  8. back to inbox

    When I delete an email, I don't want to go to previous or next email. I want it to go back to my inbox. When I select do nothing, it stays on the deleted email and I have to click on Inbox to verify it was deleted and get back to inbox. The old version just went back to inbox.

    356 votes
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    26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback on the Outlook.com beta! We’re glad to inform that you can change this setting yourself by taking these steps:

    1. Go to Quick Settings (gear icon in the top right) → View full settings → Mail → Layout
    2. Scroll to the Reading Pane section
    3. Under the option: “What do you want to happen when you move or delete the item you are viewing?”, pick the option: “Return to the message list”

    If this is the mode you prefer, go right ahead and personalize your Outlook.com that way!

  9. Can't attach files - STILL!

    Outlook.com has become a failure. It would seem that 90% of the time I'm unable to send an email with an attachment as I get to notifications to say either "The following files couldn't be attached" or "this message can't be saved at the moment". If this is a lame attempt to have me use the cloud or go 'pro' it has failed. I will now go to Gmail. MS - you're becoming a legacy and not current and vital!!

    351 votes
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  10. 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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    93 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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!

  12. 326 votes
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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello – First off thanks for using outlook.com, and thanks for providing the great feedback.

    From your suggestions, I believe that you are wanting to get a view that is pretty much like the old experience. There are a variety of controls/options that have been introduced that will help you achieve something close.

    To do this follow the following steps

    1) When you are in the new outlook.com experience/Beta, click on the gear in the top right.
    2) This opens the Quick Settings Pane, I would recommend you toggle off the following to match the old experience.
    – Reading Pane - Set it it to OFF
    – Sender Image – Set it to OFF
    – Message Preview Text – Set it to OFF
    – Focused/Other – Set it to OFF

    Hope this helps!

  13. Make it easier to reply from different aliases

    It's possible to enter full reply mode (instead of using quick reply, "add a message") and then show all options for aliases to reply from, but it's cumbersome.

    Please make the different aliases associated with my account more accessible to me from the quick reply and the full reply modes.

    326 votes
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  14. Preview Pane - Options to disable, resize and move locations

    I am very fond of my privacy and am not happy about the fact that everything shows a preview. (even with the 'Hide reading pane' option selected) Please implement the option te let us choose wether or not we want our e-mails to be previewed!
    e.g.: The first e-mail in my private inbox folder is an e-mail with pictures of a new bra my wife bought, of wich she is very proud.
    When I then am sitting next to my coworker and open Outlook to show him the pictures of my fishing trip last weekend, my wife's new bra is…

    315 votes
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    184 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks you very much for using outlook.com and for taking the time to provide all of the great feedback. I wanted to take a moment to let you know that there are now some additional options that should address the feedback in this posting.

    1) You are now able to disable or enable the Reading Pane. This can be done right from the Quick Settings Menu. Just click the Gear in the top right

    2) You are also able to change the location of the reading Pane. Instead of Just to the right you can also select on the bottom. Again this is found under the Gear menu in the top right.

    3) Also, some folks have asked to make sure that no message is selected by default when you sign-in to Outlook.com. This setting is also an option.

    To select that follow these steps:

    Click the Gear in the…

  15. Search results do not show what folder a message is in

    In the previous version of Outlook, there was a column to show in what folder the message was found. Now it only displays the list of messages. Due to this, there is no way to know if the messages displayed are in Deleted Items, Inbox, Outbox, or custom folders. This is a pretty important feature for keeping emails organized.

    The "top results" makes search results more confusing. About 98% of the time I'm seeking a message from a sender and enter that into the search box. I don't need "top results" such as what an internet search performs. Just show…

    314 votes
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  16. 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

  17. When you delete a message it goes back to the inbox instead of next message even though the settings are set to go to next message

    When you delete a message it goes back to the inbox instead of next message even though the settings are set to go to next message

    303 votes
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  18. I like to hover over junkmail emails to see the email address to see if it is spam or legit - I cant do that on the new version.

    I like to hover over junkmail emails to see the email address to see if it is spam or legit - I cant do that on the new version.

    299 votes
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    42 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, I would like to thank you all for using Outlook.com.
    And even more importantly thank you for taking the time to offer such detailed and actionable feedback.

    I did want to send a quick update and let you know that we now have the ability to hoover over an email and see the actual email address.

    Please feel free to give it a try and offer any additional feedback!

    Thanks

    David Los

  19. Search calendar feature needed

    We would like to search the calendar for events like we can for emails

    275 votes
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  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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    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

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