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  1. Ads take up too much space

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

    6,332 votes
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    824 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.

  2. 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.

    2,682 votes
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    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.

  3. Keep it simple.

    Email isn't for emojis & bright colors. Keep it clean and simple. There's too much noise everywhere else in the world.

    I use my personal email to communicate with friends and family. I don't need to be entertained and over stimulated by gimmicks. I just want to send a message and easily find the ones I've received.

    596 votes
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    56 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, I want to thank each and everyone of you for using Outlook.com and for taking the time to provide feedback on the new experience.

    I know that a few different topics got merged down into this suggestion, so I wanted to offer some broad guidance on how you might configure the new experience to get it to look more like what you want.

    Lets start off with the feedback about not wanting the bright colored circles, emojis, and joyful animations. All of these can be disabled. Click on the gear in the top right hand corner, this will load the quick setting pane. From here first disable the Sender Photos. This removes the colored circles with initials.

    Then continue to scroll down and select view all Options. In this options page select Compose and Reply. In this page look for Joyful animations. turning this off will eliminate the…

  4. 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.

    586 votes
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    174 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

  5. I liked the old hotmail from the late nineties better.

    Hotmail keeps getting more non-user friendly with each update. There's no need for Focused and Other folders. The constant pop-ups to announce new mail is annoying. I've also had mail to inadvertently disappear into the Deleted folder while I'm trying to read it. I used to get emails to announce appointments from the Calendar. Now I just get a temporary pop-up that I often miss. Also, I cannot delete old contacts that I no longer wish to have. Please let me have the version from the late nineties when Hotmail was use-friendly.

    559 votes
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    57 comments  ·  General  ·  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…

  6. 399 votes
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    130 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback on the Outlook.com beta! We really appreciate this usability feedback. The reply/reply-all/forward options are there under a menu in the upper right corner of an email, but we understand they are not discoverable enough for you and we are considering several solutions. We will reply when we have an update.

    Update August 17: We are working on making the individual buttons readily available.

    Update August 18: We have fixed this. Please don’t stop giving us your feedback on the Outlook.com beta!

  7. 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

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  8. 326 votes
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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello – First off thanks for using outlook.com, and thanks for providing the great feedback.

    From your suggestions, I believe that you are wanting to get a view that is pretty much like the old experience. There are a variety of controls/options that have been introduced that will help you achieve something close.

    To do this follow the following steps

    1) When you are in the new outlook.com experience/Beta, click on the gear in the top right.
    2) This opens the Quick Settings Pane, I would recommend you toggle off the following to match the old experience.
    – Reading Pane - Set it it to OFF
    – Sender Image – Set it to OFF
    – Message Preview Text – Set it to OFF
    – Focused/Other – Set it to OFF

    Hope this helps!

  9. Beta not good for me

    The new version is not good because the many parameters and adjustable options of the old version have disappeared. I need to be able to set more than what is possible in the new version, as rules of messages, aliases, ....

    306 votes
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    56 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello – First off, I just wanted to thank everyone for responding and providing all of the valuable feedback. More importantly I also want to thank you for using Outlook.com.

    I did want to update everyone and let them know that we have re-introduced all of the options that were in the old experience. This took a bit of time, as we wanted to make sure we were designing simplified experiences for everyone.

    Please keep the great feedback coming!

    David Los

  10. print

    It is not possible to print an email. I got 4 white pages out of the printer when I tried to print my Uber invoice. Please take a look at this feature!

    243 votes
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  11. Go back to old hotmail version - NO outlook

    I dont like neither of the Outlook templates, the beta or the actual version. I use to love my hotmail template with my marks emails appearing first and everything most simple. Now with Outlook if I don't see it on my iphone, some of thenew emails that aririves to me doesn't appear in my home page and I have to look for them on "search" and and if it was not enough the "send" botton stopped working a few days ago and they haven't solve it so I cants send emails if is not trhough te awful beta version.

    195 votes
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    106 comments  ·  General  ·  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

  12. connected account

    Editing Connected Accounts is not available in Beta.

    175 votes
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    36 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks again for the feedback. This feature should now be deployed world wide. To setup/view your connected accounts please follow these steps.

    1) Click on the Gear in the top right
    2) Click on View Settings at the bottom of the Quick Settings Pane
    3) Under the Mail Tab there is a Sync Email setting. This is the connected accounts area. You can add new ones, or see the ones you already added.

    Thanks for using outlook.com!

  13. 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
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    56 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

    Thanks!

  14. 142 votes
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  15. beta

    I love Outlook.com but am disappointed in the handling of this beta as I was in the previous beta. Beta Test: "In software development, a beta test is the second phase of software testing in which a sampling of the intended audience tries the product out." (from Bing definitions). Yet, as I use Outlook.com beta and come here to provide feedback/vote on other feedback, I'm finding comments such as, "This functionality will be coming back to the beta in a future update."

    Regular beta testers do not expect a regression from the current product when testing. Rather, they are presented…

    140 votes
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    7 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thanks for all of the great feedback on the new experience as we as how we ran the Beta. As you may know we have been reacting to the feedback and using it to prioritize the work that the team does.

    One of the areas that we did for sure hear was you want more clarity on what changes we are making going forward. As we land the final changes, we are also introducing the Whats New Pane. This pane will be used to announce features and changes to the outlook.com experience.

    Thanks again for all of the great feedback!

  16. Hate the page set up. Like the other way better.

    Hate the page set up. Like the other way better

    135 votes
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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’re sorry to hear you’re not enjoying your current experience. You can change your layout view by:

    1. Going to Settings (Gear icon in the top-right)
    2. Reading pane > Hide (it’s a radio button)

    You can also further personalize many elements of your view by:

    1. Going to Settings (Gear icon in the top-right)
    2. View full settings → Mail → Layout

  17. Where did my Add-Ins go?

    Switched to the beta and my add-ins were gone. Didn't like that, so I switched back.

    103 votes
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    29 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all – First off thanks for using Outlook.com and for providing all of this wonderful feedback.

    I just wanted to let everyone know that the new Outlook.com Client experience does indeed have Add-ins back.

    Hope this helps out! Please keep the feedback coming. We truly do read it all and prioritize our work based on it!

    David Los

  18. The layout is not even functional

    The layout is not even functional. It's like i have parts of different programs and pages in the same window

    102 votes
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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, thank you very much for all of the great feedback. I just wanted to circle back and let you know that we introduced a ton of settings around configuring the layout of the new outlook.com experience.

    You can disable a lot of the new options all from the quick settings. For example, you can disable the reading pane, conversation view, sender photos, etc.

    Just log into your account, click the gear in the top right, and from the quick settings pane you can do a ton of easy simple config changes.

    hope this helps!

  19. I don't like the half mail list and the half content style.

    I don't like the half mail list and the half content style.

    95 votes
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    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. If you are not a fan of viewing both the mail list, and the reading pane at the same time, we have a setting for that!

    From within the beta do the following:
    1) Click on the Gear in the top right.
    2) Under the Reading Pane section, select Hide.

    This will get you back to the Message list only view. Hope that helps!

  20. Switch Mail/Calendar/People/Photos/Tasks buttons back to horizontal instead of vertical

    While I believe this layout is an improvement overall, I think having the Mail/Calendar/People/Photos/Tasks buttons going vertical in the lower left corner should be changed back to horizontal and at the bottom of the folder pane. Having one section just for these adds wasteful white space on the left that takes away from listing folder trees, and it is not consistent with the experience across Calendar and People, as they switch back to horizontal when switching apps. This also doesn't match behavior in Outlook desktop client that most end-users are trained for. Please switch that view back, or at least…

    86 votes
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