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Outlook.com to get smarter with new mail, calendar and people experiences

Outlook.com to get smarter with new mail, calendar and people experiences

Microsoft is releasing the new faster, smarter and personalized version of its web-based client Outlook.com to users, following its beta testing for last six months.

Users will soon experience a new Outlook.com in the coming few weeks as Microsoft is making changes to its Calendar, People, and Mail features.

It will be updated with new UI that is more colorful. The user interface will be more customizable, so that users will be able to categorize emails with options to filter them.

Outlook add-ins will now allow users to access their favorite apps like Boomerang, Evernote, GIPHY, Gfycat, Microsoft Translator, MojiLaLa, PayPal, Trello directly from the Inbox. Certain options like Focused Inbox and Conversation View can easily be turned off or on.

The Skype integration has been improved to make the chatting and calling contacts from Outlook UI easier. “Start an instant message or a free video call and participate in multiple chats at once. Just select the person you want to talk to and your conversation appears in its own chat window,” explained Outlook Team in a blog post.

Calendar will now have updated look and feel with redesigned services to make it a more responsive, clutter-free interface, with faster ability to add events and its details to a calendar without opening a new window.

Microsoft has added more event icons in calendar with better look compared to existing one. New and relevant icons will be automatically added to the events, for faster and better user experience.

As of People services, updates will make it easier to create, view and edit the contact and contact lists. This will help those users who need to add more information about their contacts, like birthdays or personal notes.

The People view option will come with new profile cards, which will also be available to other Microsoft products. For better personal touch, People service will allow users to assign a photo to the contact.

Also read: Microsoft Teams gets intelligent communication and collaboration features as it turns one

Outlook.com users can access the new experiences through “Try the Beta” option that Microsoft has added to top right of their inboxes.

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