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  1. Want Classic Back!

    Title: Want Classic Back: I want switched back to classic view. There is no option for me to switch to classic. I was forced to use beta. Please make it an option to choose.

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    2650 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, I just want to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time and providing feedback on the new Outlook.com experience. I totally appreciate that updates can often be frustrating when things change. I also want to thank everyone that has provided feedback over the course of the Beta to ensure that we address feedback.

    With that being said, I do want to offer some types/advice on some options that you can select to get a view that is more in line with the old experience. This includes turning off the Colored bubbles :)

    First click on the Gear in the top right hand corner. This will load the Quick Settings Pane. This pane includes all of the key features that are likely different between the old experience and the new experience.

    To get a view that is similar to the old view I would turn off…

  2. Outlook update SO SLOW!

    Outlook update SO SLOW!
    Just tried looking for an email which turned out to be a year ago to the day, couldn't remember email address/identity of sender. Scrolling back through history is w-a-a-a-y-y slower than previous.

    5,143 votes
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    1420 comments  ·  Chat  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi, we’ve fixed some things related to performance. Please create new suggestions or add more information if you are experiencing slow performance!

    We’ve created a forum which will allow you to better investigate.

    Form link:

    forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id..

    Thanks

    Colin

  3. Block Sender

    It is ridiculous that I have to type in the address of the email that is sending me junk. Why would I want to open an email to get the address? Just hitting the Block Sender was so much safer. This is ridiculous.

    1,213 votes
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    183 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Display Modes for Density or Compact

    isn't it possible to have more compact view? menus are taking lots of space in screen and way too annoying.

    5,842 votes
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    1481 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I again thank each and everyone of you for using Outlook.com and for providing all of your feedback. I wanted to let you know that as of today we have enabled Density settings. There are three modes which control how tight and how much information is shown on the screen.

    To change the density settings click on the gear in the top right (settings). In the pane that opened you should see three setting Full, Medium and Compact.

    Hope this helps address some of the concerns around white space :)

    Thanks again,

    David Los

  5. New feedback

    This new version is garbage, confusing, with avatars that I do not want to see, few emails per page and visually horrible. They should ask the user if they like the new version or allow the previous one to be used. I'm going to close the account after many years. It's just Horrible !!!

    1,456 votes
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    120 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

    You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

    We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

    You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

    -The Outlook.com Team

  6. I like the mode with the Reading Pane off

    You turned it on for me... can you let me turn it off?

    The Reading Pane takes up too much space on the right, and I want my previews to show up in an ordered way (right now it might be a little hard to tell which word belongs to which thing).

    29,238 votes
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    2107 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for trying the Outlook.com beta! We’re glad to inform that you can turn the Reading Pane off yourself by taking these steps:

    1. Go to Settings (you should see the Quick Settings in the side pane)
    2. Reading pane > Hide (it’s a radio button)

    If this is the mode you prefer, go right ahead and personalize your Outlook.com that way!

  7. Can no longer drag & drop emails to folders

    Can no longer drag and drop emails to folders. It only works if that email is not the current one open. So if I have only one email left in my inbox (I like to keep my inbox empty) I can't drag and drop that last remaining email because that one is "open" I have to click on the little circle to the left of the email, then from the drop down folder menu click on the folder I want it to go to. This is more time consuming .This is using google chrome and IE and from other computers…

    1,168 votes
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  8. 4,758 votes
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    1129 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback! The colorful circles are what we call Sender Images. If you have a photo for that contact, it will be displayed when you have an email from them. When you don’t have a photo the circles are filled in with color and the initials of the sender.

    Now I totally understand that you don’t like them! I know not everyone enjoys every feature we introduce, however we do offer flexibility by disabling them if you don’t like them.

    To turn these off do the following:
    1) Click on the Gear in the upper right hand corner
    2) In the Quick Settings Pane that opened look for Sender Photos
    3) You can enable or disable the Sender photos right there.

    Thanks for the feedback, and please keep it coming!

    David Los

  9. Where is the block button in junk mail?

    Where is the block button in junk mail? I used to be able to instantly block an address, now I have to open the email, cut and paste the address, and go to settings to block?! I thought updates were supposed to make things easier, not add more work.

    407 votes
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    135 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for using Outlook.com!

    To block a user from the junk email folder, either:
    - Select one or more emails and click the “Not Junk” dropdown in the top menu bar → “Block”
    - Right-click on an email and select “Block”.

    Note: In non-junk folders, the option to block a user is under the “Junk” dropdown in the top menu bar

  10. Rule Move all messages in the Inbox folder and all future messages "when creating a rule.

    Hello, Devs

    Please return the option to Move all messages in the Inbox folder and all future messages when creating a rule, it is of extreme importance this feature, THAT EXISTS THE YEARS in the classic version and was withdrawn in the new one.

    Why did they do that? They have taken a role that is important in day-to-day life.

    642 votes
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    57 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback.

    To create the sweep rule to move all messages from a user in the Inbox folder and all future messages:
    1) Select the email or emails with the senders you which to move
    2) Click the “Sweep” Button or click “Move-to → Move all emails from”
    3) Select the option “Move all messages from the Inbox folder and any future messages”
    4) Choose the folder you wish to move these messages to
    5) Click “Ok”

  11. Love Dark Mode

    Its fantastic to use dark mode for outlook mail and I hope that you will provide dark mode to other services such as One drive, One note and tasks etc

    382 votes
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    105 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. I simply do not like it. I do not understand why you people continue to ***** up an email service that did not need to be changed.

    I simply do not like it. I do not understand why you people continue to ***** up an email service that did not need to be changed. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the original Hotmail.

    584 votes
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    173 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thank you all for using outlook.com and for providing such great feedback. I wanted to address the feedback that you have left about not being able to do some of the advanced search that you had in the older outlook.com experience.

    We actually do have advanced search. When you click in the Search box at the top of the screen, it will expand and there is a “filter” icon. If you click that icon you should be able to do date search, attachments, etc.

    Hope this helps

    David Los

  13. 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.

    9,822 votes
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    1153 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    December 2017: Thanks for your patience and continued use of the Outlook.com beta! We roll out new improvements every week, and are elated to announce that a recent update opened up this feature to you! You now can turn off Conversation View and show each item in your message list as its own entry. To do so, use the Settings (gear-shaped button) menu.

    We will continue to make other improvements to the Outlook.com beta experience; thanks for your support!

  14. 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.

    3,733 votes
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    304 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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!

    OR

    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!

  15. 644 votes
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    255 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

    You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

    We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

    You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

    -The Outlook.com Team

  16. 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!

    1,849 votes
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    315 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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…

  17. Ads take up too much space

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

    6,333 votes
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    820 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

  18. 6,218 votes
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  19. Make it less cluttered

    I didnt like it. I don't like how much more difficult this is getting to navigate and cluttered it is. I miss hotmail. Simple. Effective. You can see the emails, organize them, get to them. Same with your contacts thats ALL that an email service is supposed to do, all that we need it to do.

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    199 comments  ·  Chat  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, I just want to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time and providing feedback on the new Outlook.com experience. I totally appreciate that updates can often be frustrating when things change. I also want to thank everyone that has provided feedback over the course of the Beta to ensure that we address feedback.

    With that being said, I do want to offer some types/advice on some options that you can select to get a view that is more in line with the old experience. This includes turning off the Colored bubbles :)

    First click on the Gear in the top right hand corner. This will load the Quick Settings Pane. This pane includes all of the key features that are likely different between the old experience and the new experience.

    To get a view that is similar to the old view I would turn off…

  20. GET RID OF FOCUSED MAIL NOW!

    Get rid of the focused mail!, just sort by date cause i have to go through extra steps to find mail thats not there cause it didnt meet the criteria of focused, whatever that may be.

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    190 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thank you for using outlook.com, and for providing such great actionable feedback!

    I just wanted to let you all know that if you don’t like the Focused Inbox, you are able to easily disable it. When you disable it you will get all of your inbox items in a single view.

    To do this, do the following:

    1) Click on the Gear in the top right,
    2) this opens the Quick Settings Pane, from here look for Focused Inbox. Turn it off.

    Hope this helps!

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