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  1. 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.

    3,535 votes
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      269 comments  ·  Message list  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Do not like

      Can't find things, not enough room to see entire message without having to scroll or close other menus/options.

      620 votes
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        52 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        202 votes
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          15 comments  ·  Message list  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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!

          207 votes
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            11 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Keep Notes Section In Calendar Event

            When making a calendar event in the current Outlook.com there is a section to add notes. This is missing in the Beta Calendar. Notes are visible in the Beta from entries made in the current Outlook.com Calendar but you are unable to edit them. I use the notes section to remind me of details about calendar events. The loss of this option would force me to use a different Calendar app/service.

            149 votes
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              16 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 125 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • please revert it to my old setting ..its too cramped and complicated ... better to keep it simle

                too complicated and cramped ...hard to view the emails in oreder that they arrived ... pleae revert me back to the old page ....keep it simple is the best option rather than changes for the sake of changes

                124 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  90 votes
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                    13 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • bad layout

                    This new layout is really unclear.
                    You cant tell the difference of a button or an image.
                    The old layout was nice because there was a better summary of folders, and a better sight on how to forward or respond to emails. Just arrows to "respond or forward" is not clear.

                    Please go back to the old layout!!!

                    338 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add attendee

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

                      74 votes
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                        17 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 83 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Folders  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • full screen

                          It's not possiblle to see the body of my mail in full screen !! It was possibble with the previous version (double click);

                          72 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Hate ad in the beta!

                            As soon as I received an ad in my inbox, and could not remove or delete it, I turned of the beta. I hate ad's! What waste of time for me! Very irritating!

                            75 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  ‍General feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • the look and feel

                              The look and feel is just terrible. There is way too much going on. I would like to keep it simple just like with the current UI. If this beta doesnt change and goes to production I am definitely switching over to gmail

                              71 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Reading email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 4 column layout is not good for reading email content.

                                the screen is separated into 4 columns: folder list, email subject list, email content and ads. I do not mind ads but it takes a huge potion of screen if 4 columns!
                                I can't read the email content in such a small column area!
                                No one write an email that expected people read in column!

                                63 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Option to turn off conversation view

                                  Option to turn off conversation view.

                                  44 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Message list  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Search calendar feature needed

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

                                    104 votes
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                                      8 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Disgusting. You people have no taste. Give us back the old version (pre-2016)!

                                      Disgusting. You people have no taste. Give us back the old version (pre-2016)!

                                      42 votes
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                                      • 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…

                                        665 votes
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                                          67 comments  ·  Writing email  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Email Reminder Time Frame Too Limited

                                          In the current outlook.com calendar there is an option to remind you of a calendar event at 5-6 different intervals within a hour and day. There is also the option to remind you at 1, 2, 3, days and 1 or 2 weeks. You can set up multiple reminders per calendar entry. For example you can have a reminder for an entry at 30 minutes, 4 hours, 2 days, or 2 weeks before the event. You can use one or all of those reminders.
                                          Using the beta I created a calendar entry that only gave the option for 5 minutes…

                                          34 votes
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