Stop greying out the rest of the website until I click "not now" every time I log in or refresh the site.
I understand that this is necessary the first time to draw user's attention to the existence of the beta. Each subsequent time though it's just distracting as it takes a few seconds to realise why me e-mail "isn't working". Could it not be set to only do this once or twice per account?34 votes
Thanks for trying the Outlook.com beta! It appears you ran into some issues with our “Try the beta” callout. You’re right, it’s not designed to show up every time you log in or refresh the site.
We found a code bug that only appeared after we expanded the beta participation ring. The fix will be live soon.
Update August 18: This has been fixed. Sorry for the annoyance! You should not see it every time you log in — we know better than that. ;)
I have 2 Outlook.com accounts, 1 Office365 account, and 1 Gmail account I'd like to access through Outlook.com. Please allow me to switch easily between these accounts. I should be able to log in once, and link all of these together, and then switch between them easily. Currently I need to sign out and sign in to switch.378 votes
Thanks for your feedback! This feature will be released over the next month or so.
you just have to copy gmail to be better, you dont have to make outlook, live, hotmail worse than it already is, the other folder sends too many emails to that folder, it is very annoying, and that automatic window to see the emails while still seeing the list of emails on one side??? what the ****??? my computer gets frozen everytime because all those unnecessary things are too heavy and useless,1 vote
Hey, thanks for trying the Outlook.com beta! Looks like we’re having some trouble with Settings.
To turn off Focused Inbox, and to hide the Reading Pane, follow the instructions shown here: https://support.office.com/article/Get-help-with-the-Outlookcom-beta-fa2e5110-fa17-4b3b-88c8-87812230a048
We’re always looking to improve the experience, so please reach out with more feedback when you have new ideas!
I never had intrusive audio ads before the beta. Ads are fine, AUDIO is not. Blasting commercials are a huge annoyance.
Don't allow audio without permission. Ever. For anything. NO sound effects either. No springing audio from emojis and such. None.152 votes
First off thanks again for using outlook.com and reporting your feedback on ads! As Lynn mentioned before, we do not allow ads with audio. We have been making sure that this does not happen going forward.
Please let us know if you have any other problems with ads going forward.
I prefer the designs more sober and functional as MS Office Outlook on 2010
I don't use calandar nor photos nor else. I use mail function only cause Hotmail is only my mail box.24 votes
Thanks for the feedback on the Outlook.com beta! If you click the settings gear in the upper right, it will open theme customization which will let you pick a sober or professional theme. Let us know if there are other aspects of the experience you are finding too bright.
Hi there! First off thank you very much for all of the feedback and feature suggestions. I just wanted to let you know that we do now support browser notifications. You should see it listed in the settings menu (gear) at the top right hand corner.
Hope this helps!
My coworker and I accessed the Outlook beta via the direct URL, but she accidentally unchecked "Try the beta". Now when she tries to re-access the beta via URL, it will flash the beta theme, then go back to the old theme. This is noted in a few blog posts, including on the Verge: "Don’t untick the “try the beta” toggle though, as this will permanently remove you from the beta interface, even with this workaround."
Is there anyway to get this back?37 votes
We have fixed this issue, if you use the direct URL, it adds the switcher to your regular Outlook.com screen even if you have turned it off in the past. Use https://outlook.live.com/mail/ to add the switcher to your account.
I also have an Office 365 Home subscription... can that remove ads for me?6,333 votes
Update January 2018:
We have confirmed that all users whose email addresses have an Office 365 subscription attached to it are getting the ad-free Outlook.com experience. We encourage anyone who would like the ad-free Outlook.com experience to sign up for an Office 365 subscription, which comes with a plethora of additional perks and benefits.
In addition to this, users who would like to have a larger reading surface may find the Reading Pane Off/Hidden mode more preferable. This setting may be found in the Quick Settings panel, under Reading Pane > Hide.
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.2,682 votes
Update January 2018:
Skype is back! :)
More improvements to the Skype integration will come in the future, but for now, please enjoy the upgraded Skype chat experience!
P.S.: If you wish to mute notifications, you can do so in the Settings panel under General > Skype > Notifications.
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