Inbox Rules need to allow for all kinds of triggers and actions
Example: Mail rules currently cannot forward mail.
I need to be able to do more than move to a folder.
Thanks for trying the Outlook.com beta! We’re glad to inform that we’ve released an update for inbox rules that allow for all sorts of combinations in settings.
To create an advanced rule, either:
1) Right-click on an email
2) Click “Create rule”
3) Click “More options”
4) Create away!
1) Click the settings gear icon in the top right
2) Click “View full settings”
3) Click “Rules”
4) Click “Add new rule”
5) Create away!
DON'T SEE ANY DIFFERENCES APART LOOSING RULES FUNCTIONALITY
Dont have option for create rulles and alerts!
Devan Powell commented
Unnecessary changes and where are the email rules?
Fred Gowin commented
eliminating inbox rules is a BAD idea!
Matthew Falcone commented
Need Rules and other Options either within dropdown menu, or visibility on navigation pane.
Bring back rules!!
Aureli Erm commented
I set up my account using the rules in the first Outlook.com using the rule to sort by sender's name. It would be a significant help if when you migrate users over to the upcoming version, all of those rules from the first outlook.com version will be restored in the new version. It would be extraordinarily helpful if those rules to sort by sender's name started working again!!!!!!!!!!
It took weeks to set up those rules, only to have you pull the rug from under our feet, without notice, and arbitrarily and randomly eliminate a rule we came to use, expect and count on.
Microsoft needs to restore all the rules functions that existed in the first version of Outlook.com.
Please bring back the rule to filter incoming email by sender's name that existed in the first version of Outlook.com (in addition to restoring all the rules in the second (current) version of Outlook.com.)
Please note that there is a HUGE difference between rules filtering by sender's name and rules filtering by sender's email address (which is what Outlook.com) presently has in version 2.
We need to be able to have a rule to filter incoming emails by SENDER'S NAME.
All the other popular email services offer this rule.
Anthony Garcia commented
This is critical for me!
Please restore RULE to filter incoming mail BY SENDER'S NAME.
This rule was in the initial version of Outlook.com and Gmail, Yahoo and others offer this absolutely necessary rule.
To: Lynn Ayres
Please let users know that you will be restoring the rule to filter incoming emails by sender's name. Please do not remove any of the current rules but just add this absolutely necessary rule back. It is the only way to keep an inbox clean.
One of my senders has a return address that is below. It is NOT POSSIBLE TO ORGANIZE AN INBOX WITHOUT THE RULE TO SORT BY SENDER's NAME.
Gmail filters the following sender with no problem by using one word in the sender's field in the rule. Outlook.com cannot handle such emails and the inbox is a mess. If Microsoft wants to maintain and attract users and wants happy users; it needs to offer the rule to sort by sender's name or any word in the sender's field.
Sample Email address
(I have replaced the institution with the word "name")
next email comes from same sender comes from:
That sender changes its sender's email address with each email.
To keep an inbox clean, Outlook.com must restore the function to sort by sender's name.
Nienke Krop commented
I miss the function where it is possible to immediately make a rule when moving e-mail to another folder. In the same menu I miss the option to add new folders as well.
You wrote that rules are coming. Please let us know if you are restoring the rule to filter incoming email by a word in the field for sender, i,e, sender's first name or sender's last name, or sender's name contains. This functionality existed in the first version of Outlook.com and we expected it to remain in outlook.com!!!!! It was worse than pulling the rung from under when you removed the rule. Please confirm that you are restoring this absolutely necessary feature. Thanks.
bruce wilson commented
Too many colours!
Pre-Beta different from my Outlook at work,but better The Devil you know, warts and all! I don't need to think about what I'm doing other than the content and speed!
I'm willing to give it a reprieve when I'm less busy; probably not in this lifetime, the way things are pro-temps!
I also want rules back. Not only for sorting email into folders but also for keeping the newletters I get for various things in control. In the current outlook I already miss the delete all emails except the latest one for this sender. Which is my favourite one.
Dr. Patrick commented
Including FILTERING INCOMING EMAILS BY SENDER's NAME (not SENDER's EMAIL) is a deal breaker for my friends, family, colleagues and business associates. You merged my suggestion under this topic. They are not the same. There needs to be filtering by SENDER's NAME and SENDER's NAME CONTAINS like it was in the initial version of Outlook.com and like Gmail and Yahoo allow. Presently Outlook.com only allows filtering by SENDER's SPECIFIC EMAIL ADDRESS. The absence of this absolutely necessary feature (filtering by SENDER's NAME) is cluttering the inbox as there are so many emails that cannot be filtered by sender's email address for multiple reasons 1) the senders of mailing lists do not keep the same email address 2) multiple companies use the same email address from the same marketing company and I want to filter the emails by name of company 3) I would like all alumni email from a college to go to one folder. Multiple email addresses are used from the institution but if we could filter by name of college all emails would go to one folder.
I have thousands of emails in my inbox because I filtered all of my emails by SENDER's NAME and Outlook.com removed that functionality. When migrating to a new interface, Outlook.com should keep the old features and just add to them, but not delete features we rely upon. I have missed emails because of your removing filtering by SENDER's NAME.
I see others want the feature to be filtered by SENDER's NAME please restore this functionality. Finally, the features your users rely upon should not be subject to a popularity contest. When the other companies upgrade their services, they have kept all the features and simply added new ones. Thank you.
Please let me know your intentions so I can decide if I will stay with Outlook.com. Thank you.
when hovering over sender, missing options to create rules based on sender. Not only for junk but having rules for marketing emails etc
David Bailey commented
Having sweep and folder rules is very important to me. The previous version had this feature but it did not work! I believe rules were illuminated because outlook team could not get them to function. I tried for 6 months and finally switched to outlook 2016 which works great.
Rainer Fuchs commented
I don't understand anymore what's going on at Microsoft. Over and over again they throw half-baked stuff at users. I can't fathom how anyone could approve the rollout of a "beta" that doesn't include the whole set of functionality the old version offered. "Rules are coming to beta in a future update". Uh, does anyone at Microsoft even understand the meaning of "beta"? Beta is supposed to be the last test version before public release. Oh well, maybe it's time to move back to Gmail.