Small message displaying area
The screen is divided into four parts where the message displaying area looks small, it feels congested to me. The round icon colour for the contacts can be darker so it would blend in with the UI. The fonts look good, spam filter is awesome, surfing speed is good, and ads on the right side is not that annoying till now for me.
First off, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your experiences with the new Outlook.com experience.
We have been working to adjust the experience based on all of your feedback. Since we have introduced some settings, I wanted to make sure you were all aware of them.
When you are signed in, you can click on the gear in the top right hand corner. From here it will load the quick settings pane. This pane will allow you to disable/enable features that will make it feel more like the old experience.
Specifically I want to call out the Reading Pane. The old experience had the reading pane defaulted to OFF. What I would recommend doing is trying to hide it and see if that helps improve your experience.
Hope this helps
Why is the reading pane so small?
Allan Follack commented
The reading pane is too small to read anything. This problem has been mentioned before as the reason I did not use the beta. Now there is no choice to use the current Outlook. Get rid of the icons for mail calendar etc on the far left beside the Navigation List and put them back below the Navigation List as they were before As they are now is wasting screen space. This should make the reading pane bigger.
reading pane too small, some messages do not fit in the box properly. 0/10
reading pane is too small
The reading pane shrinks HTML emails to the point they can't be read.
Found the same problem would like to know the answer. This is one of the reason I stopped using Yahoo.
In generel the field where the massage appears should be the biggest one. Actually the massage appears in very smal letters and it is not possible to make it bigger. A funtion like a mouse over for the mailing list would be nice. So since your are reading a mail it would cover nearly the full Screen and if you go left over the edge to the mailing list it will appear again.
ROLANDO ADUCCI commented
Helo, the new version is good, but is difficulty for see clearly all the e mail. it have a small space for reading.
I just want to read and email on one screen so I can actually read it. Enlarging beyond 100% is a nuisance and awkward. Just one screen please , not a split that has tiny print!
You can't see the entire message.
I liked it better when the messages displayed wider.
Dan Overton commented
increase viewing size
Your new Outlook BETA email does not allow you to change the size of the resulting small window if you select Open Message in a New Window. Please fix this because it appears there is no way I can turn oft the BETA email anymore.
Also, if I Reply to an email, it does not insert my signature in the Reply even though I have it selected to do so in my Settings. Please fix this too.
Oosman Beekawoo commented
Only 3 votes? That's the main thing why the new hotmail sucks.
Doesn't anybody see?
I actually hate it. The messages are now in a smaller area
Seriously, I can't read my emails in a column and in minuscule type formatting!!!!!!!
What a joke! How the **** am I supposed to read a newsletter in this stupid format?????
Lyubomir Parvanov commented
The space for viewing emails is too little compared to Gmail.
New adds make it hard to read emails due to smaller area to view emails. Place ads on bottom to make it more readable
The new beta is almost great, but how do I look at my email? That's a joke, but seriously, the side bars are too big and my emails are all horizontally squished. So, again, how do I view my email? I want to see it and only it, with breadcrumbs or a very minimal sidebar. As is, I'm frustrated and don't even know what to do except minimize and maximize the sidebars when I want to navigate. It isn't clear at all how to slide it away, if possible.
When modern internet browsers were designed, they maximized the viewing space and minimized space taken by menus and frills. Similarly, well-designed email clients provide plenty of space for the reading pane, getting all the rest of the stuff out of the way. Please either enlarge the reading pane, or provide the option to dynamically resize and enlarge it. The old outlook.com still has a larger reading pane than the new one.
Having to pop every email out into a separate window to enlarge the reading pane shouldn't be necessary.