Display Smart Folders - they no longer appear with the new version
Ian J Baker commented
Also one of my daily use features.
Jason Otribin commented
I use this feature many times throughout the day. Please include.
Jeremy Beckett commented
Definitely include smart folders. This means I can store emails by topic & by to / from domain parameters without having to create multiple rules.
I really liked the concept of Smart Folders in the previous version, but wasn't a fan of it being under a special Smart Folders section. Would love to see it implemented again, but have the ability to define it as a sub-folder anywhere, such as under the inbox directly.
I categorize emails, I can search by category, but it would be nice to save a search to automatically apply a filter to my mailbox.
Is the Microsoft Outlook team plan to support Smart Folders in future releases? Today's Insider Build does not … this is the only issue that prevents me at this point to switch to the new outlook for mac
I would love to see "Search Folders" from the Windows Outlook ported to the Mac version (mostly because the search folders are stored in Exchange... meaning they follow me to any computer I log into).
While I appreciate (but am tired of) that this is a preview and I have the option to go back, I am REALLY surprised that you decided to launch this without what many consider a basic feature.
I cannot work without this. Shame, because there are visual elements of the New Outlook for Mac I really like!
Christian Lanzani commented
totally agree. This is a must have. Please bring it back with urgency.
I sincerely hope that Smart folders will make it back to the new Outlook.
Before going into details, I do understand that Microsoft and Apple are competitors. However please remember, that Apple users should not be punished just because selecting a Mac. They had at least one good reason to do so - just like Windows users had for their choices. Please also disregard Apple's approach that they intentionally do things differently than Microsoft, otherwise this battle will never end. Please remember that we, users, are first and foremost O365 subscribers. Paying for a service, year-by-year. The subscription fee is the same for both Mac and Windows environments (which is the way it should be). That service should be platform independent, to the last bit. Please also save the marketing part. It is possible to make it identical - we all know that.
You cannot name any useful feature that exists in the Mac version which does not exist in the Windows version. Yet, the other way around, comments naming those non-existing features in the Mac would fill up pages in a heartbeat.
Getting back to the point. (1) Smart folders should be on top of the folder tree. It makes no sense to leave it in the bottom. (2) "All accounts" should be editable in a sense that certain folders have to have a hide/show feature - ie.: "Snoozed" or "Archived"; (3) The order of accounts should be changeable just by dragging them around in the folder tree.
Please be considerate and keep your subscribers in mind first, instead of trying to make a point through your subscribers to your competitors. It is us who make your living and not your competition.
Steve MacDonald commented
I can't believe this feature isn't in the product at this point of its development, this is an essential feature, please bring it back, or at least confirm that plans exist to do so.
Patrick Short commented
Smart Folders / Show Flagged email sorted by Category is the most import feature in Outlook to how I work.
Sally Basker commented
Smart folders are an essential part of my filing system. I particularly like the ability to see 'Today' and 'Yesterday'
Search folders on the PC version are amazing helpful to avoid missing messages in the inbox. We need this feature on the Mac.
A Smart Folder or saved search is critical to have because filtering the inbox only filters what's loaded in the view and not the entire inbox.
Case in point: Flagged items in inbox that need to be dealt with. Filtering the inbox for flagged doesn't go back far enough in time and flagged emails are missing.
'Smart' Lists are a cornerstone of the Mac experience across many apps that Mac Users expect - like the Finder, Music, and other third party apps.
Please bring back functionality to save searches as Smart Folders, that is saving ton of time and helps to organize mail.
Jason Heffner commented
Use for flagged items for follow-up in several different folders .. search is too slow to continually have to run to find these even with the missing saved search feature. Please fix!
Smart Mailboxes are really useful - please add the ability to add these in the Favourites section (i.e. at the top of the side bar) and allow users to set the folders as required - for example, using boolean a folder might be: "unread emails OR flagged emails OR emails in the inbox(es)"
It's important to note that the new filtering of a folder is not a replacement. The filtering only filters what's loaded in the view. If I have 10,000 message in my inbox, they are not all loaded in the New Outlook and therefore filtering on flagged or unread DOES NOT WORK. It will only show more recent items that meet the filtering criteria.
andrew glynn commented
Seeing as smart folders aren't currently enabled, there doesn't currently seem a way to view the entire unread count across folders.
Same goes for 'all flagged mail', 'all mail from today' etc.
Smart searches/folder: Big feature missing! Would be a reason to go back to the old version or switch to different mail program. How shall I find my flagged / unread items??