Focused and Other - Get Rid Of!
I want one inbox - I didn't ask for two. The other and focused options are so screwed up and annoying; I cannot even imagine why this was done. Most of the time I am getting focused emails in my other and other emails in my focused. How do your algorithms even sort or decide which is which? And why are you deciding? It is my inbox!
First off – I want to thank each and every one of your for trying the Outlook.com beta. Also for spending the time to offer and vote on all of the feedback.
I wanted to make sure that we let you all know that we did add some more controls around the Focused/Other inboxes. This includes allowing you to decide if you want it on or off.
We also fixed some bugs to make sure that it keeps your desired setting after you login/log out
To Control Focused Other Do the following:
1) Login to your account and make sure you are in the Beta
2) In the top right hand corner there is a little Gear Icon, click on it.
3) This opens the quick settings pane. From here you can disable Focused/Other, as well as other features like Conversation View, and the reading Pane.
Also, as you click on the settings in the Quick Settings you should see your screen update. This should help you ensure you are configuring your setup exactly the way you like.
Hope this helps, and thanks for all of the feedback!
Dorothy Diehl commented
Put my email back the way it was.
I have some important emails in other and some junk in focused
Outlook.com - if your aim was to annoy your customers with bad design and wastage. Well done.
Your new Beta is just impossible to work with and is counterintuitive. How about investing in proper UX design and start over or leave the existing outlook experience be? I will change my outlook email if this goes live.
Beta is just terrible! Don't change what already works.
carol magee commented
please put my emails back how they where before .
agree, focused is a piece of junk
The mail that should be directed to the "Other" "In Box" should simply be directed to "Junk". Useless effort.
Yes, yes, yes. It is really annoying.
We can turn off the annoying Focused & Other split inbox. Go to the little gear and click options. Go to DISPLAY SETTINGS, then FOCUSED INBOX, then select DON'T SORT MESSAGES. Then OK.
I can certainly see why some would find this useful, but for me it is a source of constant annoyance. Perhaps just include an "Enable/Disable Focus and Other"? Should be easy enough to implement.
I want the old version back ASP!
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Really: who programmed that ********!
Toby Scales commented
Personally I really like the Focused/Other view.
Whoever thought this layout was a good idea can eat a buffet of dicks
I don't like it at all! I can't read my e-mail so easy.
Karen Good commented
I don't like the split inbox. There's little rhyme or reason to which message goes into focused or other. I also VERY MUCH DISLIKE having an ad positioned at the top of my message list. If you decide to keep the ads there, at least allow me the option to close the dammit thing without opening it.
Old format/one inbox is better. New format is too cluttered- really makes checking email a painful and time-consuming endeavor.
I want nice clean lines with the minimum necessary to quickly glance through my Inbox and get on with my day. The current(old) sort features work fine. My main complaint with the old format(as in lasr update before this beta) is the folder scroll bar is invisible until you put the cursor over it- hate wastying the time looking for it. I want to quickly go about my business, not play games hunting for where to click.
The problem is having to check 2 lists- ***** that- I can ignore a spam email or mark it as junk thank you- gmail did this and I see that is what MS is copying. But 'Focused' on what? LOL
Christian Hartung commented
I actually like Focused Inbox. Also, there is an option to disable it.
Christine LeCompte-Petrie commented
Too cluttered. You don't know me or my choices of importance. Don't guess for me. Not user friendly for me!