Office 365 (Outlook on the web) - New features coming to Outlook on the web

On August 4th, Microsoft announced exciting updates coming to the web version of Outlook in Office 365. Microsoft is rolling out an improved user interface (UI) and new features that help you be more efficient, stay on top of your inbox, and better manage your calendar. Formerly known as the Outlook Web App (or OWA for short), the browser-based Outlook experience will simply be referred to as “Outlook on the web” going forward.

Note: The changes will be implemented in stages - not everyone will see the updates at the same time. We do not have any control as to when these changes will be pushed to our environment.

Listed below are the changes/updates within this latest version:


A cleaner look for greater efficiency

Outlook on the web now sports a simplified, cleaner UI to help you work more efficiently. This starts with the new action bar available across our Mail, Calendar, People and Task experiences in Outlook on the web. The Action toolbar provides quick access to the most common commands, whether you are clearing out your inbox, replying to an email, or adding an event to your calendar.

Stay on top of your inbox

New tools to help you sort through your email and identify the most important items to tackle first.
  • Pin -- You can now pin any message in your inbox to have it highlighted in yellow and kept at the top of your inbox. Pins are a terrific way to keep important messages handy and prevent them from getting buried in your inbox.

  • Sweep -- Sweep provides a simple set of actions to manage emails from specific senders. It is great for managing reoccurring messages like newsletters, digital coupons, and other email received on a regular basis. With Sweep, you can choose to keep messages from a specific sender for a specified number of days, only keep the latest message, or delete all messages from the sender. This feature first debuted as part of our consumer Outlook.com email service—and we are excited to bring it to Office 365 customers!

  • Archive -- One-click archiving allows you to quickly move messages out of the inbox to a folder of your choice.

  • Undo-- We included a dedicated Undo button so you can quickly undo unintended actions with a single click.

  • Improved single line view -- If you prefer the single line message view over the traditional reading pane, Outlook on the web now includes a preview of the message contents in-line with the subject. In addition, you can now perform common actions in bulk, which makes managing your inbox not only easier, but also a lot faster.

  • Immersive reading pane -- When in single line view, clicking a message now displays the message in the same window—no pop-up or separate windows!

Craft visually engaging emails

Expressing yourself in email has never been easier—or more fun! Outlook on the web now provides the ability to easily resize images, add custom borders, apply shadow effects, rotate images and more. We’ve also added a full set of emojis to help you better express yourself.

Better ways to manage your calendar

Planning your schedule can be tough—so we’ve made improvements to Calendar to help you manage both your work and personal life. One of these improvements is a five-day weather forecast included right in your calendar. Icons next to each day give you a quick look at the forecast; simply click one to see a more detailed view. Never be without your umbrella again! In addition to weather and charms, additional features in the Calendar experience include:
  • Email reminders -- You can create email reminders for any Calendar event. You can specify the recipient list, include a quick message, and set the day and time you want the email reminder to be sent. This is a great feature to keep everyone updated on important items and deliverables.

  • Birthday and Holiday calendars -- We created Birthday and Holiday calendars to help you easily manage your work and personal life. These calendars can be overlaid across your work calendar or viewed separately.

A better mobile browser experience

To deliver outstanding email and calendar experiences on Windows Phone, iOS and Android, we built the mobile Outlook apps to deeply integrate with these platforms. But occasionally users need to interact with their Office 365 email without installing an app—for example, when they are borrowing a friend’s phone. They can do this by signing in at Outlook for the web from the device’s mobile browser.


See complete details on this release.



Keywords:microsoft office365 o365 owa pin sweep archive undo improved enhanced interface user ui   Doc ID:43698
Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2014-09-25 09:59 CDTUpdated:2016-05-04 15:53 CDT
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