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Please vote on ideas you like. If you have a new idea that hasn’t been submitted by anyone else, submit it. If you have many ideas, submit them separately. This will help us decide what to build next.

We’ll reply to top issues, and will consider other suggestions as well. Thanks for trying the beta!

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  1. Allow option to collapse folder pane to enlarge message view

    Having the folder pane (list of inbox, archive, etc) always viewable makes the other two panes too narrow (message list and reading pane)...allow the option to collapse the folder pane so we can enlarge the other two panes.

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  2. 4 votes
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  3. Make Categories a search refinement criteria in the search UI

    I find it frustrating that it is currently difficult to search by categories in Outlook online. The only way to do it is to type 'category:categoryName' in the Search box. Moreover you must remember the exact name of the category you want to search on.
    So please add Categories to the search refinement criteria alongside Folder, From, Date in the search refinement criteria UI; don't force me to remember all my categories by heart!

    26 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I just wanted to update everyone. You are now able to search for categories in a few different ways.

    1) You can just type the category name into the search box at the top and it will do a category search.

    2) If you have a message that has the category applied, just click on it and it will search.

    For bonus, you can add the category search as a favorite and it will add it to your favorite folders on the left. one click to easily get all of the messages with that category.

    Hope this helps!

  4. 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
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    18 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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. ;)

  5. Cannot open e-mail with doubleclick...

    Cannot open e-mail with doubleclick in the main section.. how come?!

    28 votes
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    First off, thank you for using Outlook.com and for taking the time to provide feedback!

    I am sorry for any bugs or problems you hit in the new Outlook.com experience.

    I did want to let you know that we did add back the support to open a message in another window. Just double click like you did in the old experience.

    Hope this helps! Keep the feedback coming!

    Thanks

    David Los

  6. Not working at all. Showing your message can not display check your internet connection and try again

    Not working at all. Showing your message can not display check your internet connection and try again

    24 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I first off want to take a moment and thank you all for using outlook.com and for providing such valuable feedback!

    I would also like to apologize for any issues that you have had when trying to open up your email messages. We have been monitoring and working hard to improve the reliability of this core area.

    We identified a bug which caused some messages to fail to load.

    Please feel free to report back any issues or any additional feedback you may have.

    And again, THANK YOU very much for all of the great feedback.

  7. Attach an email to another

    In Outlook mail we can attach all kind of documents and pictures from the computer or Onedrive (or other clouds). But something is missing : it could be really great if we could attach another email from Outlook mail !
    What do you think about ?

    10 votes
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  8. Calendar notifications not visible

    Hello,
    I like the new look, however in this beta version I don't receive reminders or calendar notifications (the pop-up window does not appear on the screen anymore). And in the top right corner the Notifications / Skype buttons are no longer there.

    Thank you

    64 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Hate the beta

    i really hate
    the new update
    hate hate hate
    the new update
    it not even great
    the new update
    reasons why i hate?
    why i can think of 8
    so change it back mate
    to the old update

    (BTW the only good thing is colours)

    1,059 votes
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    178 comments  ·  Search  ·  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…

  10. 15 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Can't create new emails anymore?

    I'm sure I'm missing something, but I can't seem to write a new mail anymore? The button disappeared.

    I just want to compose a letter...

    5 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for providing your feedback on the Outlook.com beta.

    In the Outlook.com beta, we moved the button to create a new email a little to the left (or right, if you’re using an RTL language). Look near the top of the Folder Pane! This was done in response to feedback we gathered in the non-beta Outlook.com experience.

    We hope that you continue giving us your feedback, and enjoy the Outlook.com beta!

  12. Switch between accounts

    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
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  13. Photo Hub find related email

    When I browse picture in the photo hub https://outlook.live.com/mail/photohub.aspx, I can't open the email related to the selected picture.

    Please allow opening the related email directly from the selected picture

    3 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for trying the Outlook.com beta! I’m happy to say that you should be able to open the related email now.

    There are two ways to get there:
    1. Before selecting a photo, hover over it. Click on the email icon that appears.
    OR 2. Click on a photo and see it in the previewer. Click on the “Show email” button near the top left.

  14. Include an 'archive' quick action

    One of the "quick actions" that appears when hovering over a message in the message list should be "archive."

    64 votes
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    Hello – First off, I want to again thank you for providing the feedback. I did want to update you and let you know that you can now add Archive to your quick actions when you hover.

    To do this follow these simple steps

    1) Click the Gear at the top right
    2) This loads the Quick Settings Pane, scroll to the bottom and Select View Outlook Options
    3) In this options dialog look at Customize Actions.
    4) You can now select what actions you want. You will notice that Archive is also listed.

    Hope this helps! Please keep the feedback coming.

    David Los

  15. please do not make the mail experience like your internet browser experience

    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,

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  16. schedule sending email

    Hi,

    I'm surprise that this feature is not yet in Outlook. I would like the possibility to delay sending email to a specific time.

    Thank you

    551 votes
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  17. Suggestion for @name not work (@mention)

    When I type @ followed by name from adress book then happen nothing (stay still in plain text)

    16 votes
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    First off, thank you for using Outlook.com and for taking the time to provide feedback!

    I am sorry for any bugs or problems you hit in the new Outlook.com experience.

    We have been working hard to address these issues. I just tested and confirmed that I am not seeing this problem any more.

    Can you give it another try and report back by opening up a new feedback thread or contacting support from within Outlook.com?

    Thanks

    David Los

  18. Block Sender Email Address Confirmation

    when you click on block to block a sender, display the email address it's blocking and a yes/no option to confirm. this is on the existing

    259 votes
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  19. Need to be able to add new folders

    Can't seem to add a new folder in "Folders" but can still do a sub folder. I don't want to do this, please allow this function to come back.

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    14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for using the Outlook.com beta! I’m pleased to inform that creating a new folder is something you can already do.

    Find the Folder Pane. Near the bottom there should be an item called New folder. Click that and give your new folder a name! :)

  20. 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

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    287 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 sort your message list by Receive Time (default), Sender Name, and Message Size.

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

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