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  1. 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.

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    323 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Restore email address to message header

    The sender's email address has been removed from the header so that only the display name is disclosed. I know I can click on the display name but that is work.

    It also opens the door for spoofing if an attacker includes an email address in his display name though I have not tried to see if there is a mitigation in place.

    718 votes
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    103 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

  4. In the beta version, "Create rule..." from message is not available. Bummer.

    When I get an email, in the existing version of outlook web, I can just select the message and "Create rule..."
    to send that message to a folder or forward it to another email ID

    In outlook.com Beta, I do not see that feature.

    688 votes
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    31 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  thconsta responded

    We’re happy to say “Create rule” from a message is now in the beta! Same as the regular version, simply right-click on any message and select this option. You can also view your entire list of rules (including those you created in your regular Outlook) by going into Full settings > Mail > Rules.

    Currently you can only create a rule to move messages from selected senders to a folder, however, more options are coming soon!

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    381 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

  6. 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.

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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”

  7. Ability to change default font and size

    I want the ability to change the default font in the beta, and also change the font size.

    640 votes
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    117 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback and support.

    For people who want to change the default font face and font size when they write email, the Setting has been available under Mail > Compose and reply > Message format (the direct link there is https://outlook.live.com/mail/options/mail/messageContent)

    For people who want to make their regular Outlook.com page use a larger text size, we’d like to encourage the use of their browser’s built-in Zoom functions. Since received content is primarily formatted by the sender, using the browser’s Zoom is the best way to preserve the fidelity of all received content.

    Once again, thank you for reaching out.

  8. 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.

    638 votes
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    241 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

  9. BLOCK EMAIL ADDRESSES

    BLOCK EMAIL ADDRESSES - The option to block junk email addresses used to be on your menu along with Sweep, Move to and Delete. An update you made 1-2 years ago removed this, making it MORE cumbersome to block bogus email addresses. Now I have to (1) select one or more email addresses, (2) right-click, (3) then select Block. Please restore this to the menu bar.

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

    Hey, thanks for your feedback! You can currently do this from the menu bar. When you’ve opened an email (or selected multiple), click the “Junk” dropdown button in the command bar. You can find this button below the search bar, next to the “Delete” and “Archive” buttons. Then select “Block” from the menu that appears below the “Junk” button.

    Colin

  10. 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.

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    61 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…

  11. Why did you change my settings? Messages in reverse order

    I clicked on your “Try the beta” ad and all my messages are in reverse order… like, the unread emails are now at the bottom of the conversation. I spent some time in that mode because I didn’t see a way to change it back. Eventually I got used to it and it kinda makes sense now I think about it with everything in chronological order from top to bottom. I wish you asked first though. Not cool, Outlook.com.

    Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft.

    PS: yeah, I found the way to change the mode in the settings panel. i’m staying…

    593 votes
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  12. from

    Where is the FROM. I am sending a reply, but it is sending form my main email account. How do I change it so that it is FROM my alias?

    582 votes
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    63 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for using Outlook.com! To change the email address you’re sending from, do the following:

    1. Use the expansion button and open a dropdown of message actions (contains Save Draft, Insert Signature, …)
    2. Choose “Show From”
    3. Use the “From” button to change the email address you’re sending from

    We look forward to your continued feedback.

  13. Deleted items re-appearing

    Getting really sixk of deleting emails only to have them reappear multiple times.

    566 votes
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    624 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey all, wanted to provide an update here. It seems like some people are having an issue where the deleted items are causing the mailbox to hit the storage limit. Please select all messages in deleted items by clicking the circle check mark next to Deleted Items. Then choose “Empty folder”. This should delete all items and free up storage in your mailbox. If you are having trouble sending emails because of a storage limit, this should help

    If you are having other issues, please fill out this form and we’ll try to see what’s going on: https://forms.microsoft.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR3M5kvKXLUxLg5HHvJDXsGlUMTkyUVdRNjlQV1c5UThZWVhORE04WjJUSS4u

    Colin

  14. 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.

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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…

  15. Please bring back Delete All to Other Inbox

    It was easier to "Delete All" messages from "Other Inbox" in previous version. Now, select all has to be checked, delete has to be pressed, pop up asks if we're sure, then we can delete. Too many steps added.

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    20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    First off, I want to thank each and everyone of you for providing such great feedback. As well as thank you for using outlook.com.

    I wanted to let you know that there is indeed an easy way to delete all items from the “Other” inbox. To do this, do the following

    1) Click On the Other Inbox icon at the top of the message list.
    2) Click the little circle that is to the left of Focused. This will select all items in Other.
    3) Click Delete at the top or in the reading pane to the right.

    Hope this helps!

  16. Mail > Subscription

    Hotmail/Outlook- Mail > Subscriptions > I can not delete newsletters I did not subscribe to
    Under my settings>mail>subscriptions - there is a ton of newsletters/junk email/spam that I never added and can not delete. I don't know how they got there and how can i remove them.

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    No matter what I've tried to delete these it doesn't work - spammers latched themselves this way?

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

    We’ve finished the development work and will be rolling out a new version of the subscription manager over the next few weeks!

    You may see that your subscriptions are deleted and the subscription manager is reset. We’re doing this so that we can purge all of the incorrect subscriptions from your list.

    Colin

  17. Keyboard shortcuts not working

    I'm trying the new open beta. In this preview, the keyboard shortcuts are not working. Even tried with different kb-shortcuts like Outlook.com, Gmail, ... It is set to Outlook (not Outlook.com) by default. The shortcuts were working in the old layout. Please fix ASAP.

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  18. Missing recover deleted items in beta

    I would like it you put the feature back for recover deleted items. I now have to switch out of Beta twice to undelete a message that I deleted by accident

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    61 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for using the Outlook.com beta! We are happy to announce that the “Recover deleted items” feature has now been added.

    To access it, please switch to your “Deleted items” folder, and then click “Recover items deleted from this folder” below the Deleted items folder header.

  19. Scroll Bar Disappearing

    How the **** can you subject your users to a product as bad as this?

    The scrol bar keeps disappearing. The list of emails keeps updating.

    Are you mad?

    449 votes
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  20. Make it easier to make Safe Sender

    In older versions of Hotmail, it was very easy to mark a sender in junk to be on the white list. Now it is extremely involved to mark a sender as safe. What little functionality there is for this just does 1 mail not the actual sender. Additionally, the fancy new addons with java script make it more difficult to get the email address of the sender you want to mark as safe making a messy workflow even more cumbersome. Outlook has some best filters of any email service but this functionality has gone from bad to worse over the…

    443 votes
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    33 comments  ·  Spam  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    You can now add senders to your safe sender list by clicking into an email, then click the “…” menu located at the top right of the email, and selecting “Add to Safe senders”.

    You can also view and add multiple senders to your Safe senders list at a time by going to Settings → Mail → Junk email → Safe senders and domains → Add.

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