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  1. I do not like this new format! I want the original page back!

    Give me the option of using this format and the ability to change back to the original format.

    118 votes
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      26 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Too many vertical panels

      I dislike having a lot of vertical panel! Keep pages simple!

      My usual settings are a vertical panel for the folders Inbox, Trash, etc., and one for the list of emails, and when I click on an email, it replaces the list of emails by the content of this email. In that way, I have a lot of space to read emails.

      Now, in the beta version, I have a vertical panel for the folders, one for the list of emails, one for the new menu Picture, Contacts, etc., and one for reading emails.

      The items in the vertical panel…

      25,301 votes
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        1142 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Update November 2017:

        We have recently updated the Settings panel (get to it by clicking the Gear icon at the top of your screen) to make it easier to turn the Reading Pane off. When on a small-screen device, this may be the setting that works best for you.

        Please enjoy the rest of Outlook.com!

      • Slow - almost unuseable when typing and writing an e-mail

        Extremely slow response during drafting of e-mail. I can type a whole sentence and wait for a few seconds before that sentence appears on screen. This makes it impossible to see what is being written, and greatly slows down the writing process, to the point where it is almost unusable for anything other than a short note. I'm not sure the cause, but it seems the page is holding to refresh the ads. I would not use outlook if ads were present in this portion of my e-mail experience. I'm not sure if the slowness is also related to any…

        41 votes
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          23 comments  ·  Writing email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • unable to open email full size

          It would be great if I could double click on a message and make it full-size instead of just in the small window to the right of the message. It works this way in Outlook at work, although I realize in part it's because there are no ads in the work version.

          55 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 1,362 votes
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              238 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Not receiving my email.

              When email is forwarded to my account, it simply disappears. I am only receiving junkmail.

              150 votes
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                72 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Conversation view settings: disable conversation view or enable item view

                I like the look of the new beta, however I wish there was an option to turn off conversation view (i.e. all replies stacked in a single thread). Depending on how you use email, it can be really helpful to have all emails listed individually.

                9,054 votes
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                  967 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Hotmail has become a nightmare, freezing, slow to load, bombing out. Other sites are OK and doesnt do this?

                  Hotmail has become a nightmare, freezing, slow to load, bombing out. Other sites are OK and doesnt do this?

                  17 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 976 votes
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                      55 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 15 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ads take up too much space

                        I also have an Office 365 Home subscription... can that remove ads for me?

                        5,497 votes
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                          333 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please focus on performance and stability first. This beta's speed is still slow.

                          I have very few applications installed on my laptop, especially applications that are not built by Microsoft (e.g. Office 365, etc). Yet I continue to have issue with Hotmail crashing on me and performing extremely slow (loading ads?) when I simply want to check my e-mails. This happens in both IE and Edge. Instead of changing the look and feel, I would much rather see some efforts toward stability of Hotmail.
                          Thanks!

                          5,078 votes
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                            541 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for your feedback on the Outlook.com beta! The #1 goal of the new framework which we are testing with the beta experience is improved speed/performance and stability. You should continue to see this improve with future updates to the beta.

                          • Enable sorting by sender, dates, subject, etc. in the filter dropdown

                            The filter tab in the earlier version allowed to sort by sender / subject etc. Please enable that

                            4,735 votes
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                              209 comments  ·  Message list  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • search does not work

                              Search does not always work in the beta version. When it does, it appears to be very slow.

                              247 votes
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                                99 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Rules

                                I don't see a way to sort my incoming mail into folders based on rules anymore. Please bring it back.

                                2,961 votes
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                                  226 comments  ·  Folders  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Update November 2017:

                                  We have rolled out an update to rules that allows you to right-click on a message to create a rule based on the sender. In the Settings dialog, you can also now turn on/off rules that you have already created.

                                  We are working on additional updates to this experience to deliver a full, world-class rules workflow and appreciate your patience. Thanks a lot for your continued support.

                                • Do not auto open the next email when I mark an email is junk

                                  If you have marked a mail as a junk mail, the next mail will be opened automatically. That disturbs. I would like to move them unopened as junk mail.

                                  1,001 votes
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                                    21 comments  ·  Spam, junk, and security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    2,634 votes
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                                      461 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Focused will not stay off

                                      I really dislike the focused feature. I need to see all of my email. I found the option to turn it off but it doesn't stay off. A couple days later and I can't see all of my emails again. Luckily I use an iPhone and can see them on there!

                                      95 votes
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                                        29 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        2,506 votes
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                                          101 comments  ·  Message list  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks for your feedback on the Outlook.com beta. For the layout, if you prefer a layout with the reading pane off (you look at a full screen list of messages until you click on email email) in the beta you can click on settings and switch reading pane off. It will be on the first settings pane. For the read/unread feedback, we will continue to monitor this to make sure we strike the right balance.

                                        • 2,214 votes
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                                            86 comments  ·  Spam, junk, and security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thank you for your feedback on the Outlook.com beta! Today you can block any email from the Junk folder. It sounds like your desired behavior is to be able to permanently block email that is not filed under junk. We are considering this suggestion, will continue monitoring this feedback, and will reply back when we have an update.

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