Introducing the new Outlook for Mac

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The Outlook for Mac experience, now available for preview in Insider Fast, has been updated to enhance performance and elevate productivity. The new Outlook for Mac is powered by the Microsoft Cloud and connects using Microsoft sync technology. It brings updates across Mail, Search, and Calendar experiences that are designed for simplicity, reliability, and customization. Available in Insider Fast, we plan to release additional updates over the coming months. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of the most demanding executives and power users with improved performance and new functionality and look forward to learning from our customers who choose to try the new Outlook for Mac preview. The updated experience is carefully crafted and specifically designed with the power of Microsoft Services to provide suggestions and insights that are relevant to you, and simplicity to enable you to customize the experience.

Improved performance increases productivity
Built on the same Microsoft sync technology utilized by Outlook for iOS and Android and Windows Mail, the new Outlook for Mac is faster and more reliable, bringing advanced performance and unlocking exciting new capabilities. It provides quick syncing of your Office 365, Outlook.com, and Google accounts to the Microsoft Cloud, and switching over to the new Outlook experience is as easy as the click of a button. The Microsoft sync technology enables more relevant search results, reduced email load times, and allows us to bring you the latest and greatest functionality from Office 365.

Preview the new experience now when you sign up for Insider Fast. Once in Insider Fast, simply turn on the “New Outlook” toggle and check out all the updates. Microsoft sync technology enables you to switch quickly between the new Outlook for Mac experience and the current version in prod, making it easy to compare the differences for yourself and try new features and functionality as they are released.

Simplify how you organize your day
The productivity power of Outlook is at your fingertips with updated capabilities that make Outlook for Mac easier to use.

It’s about focusing on simplicity, and the new functionality helps make reading and writing emails a breeze. We’ve helped make creating a new message faster by adding the ability to insert a table, add an image, and use the rich text editor in the new message compose area so you don’t have to leave the main window.

The message list allows for single line viewing and full conversation views of threads regardless of what folder they’re in. This way messages you may have moved to different folders are collated into a single view so you can see the entire thread in the message list enabling you to get to any part of the conversation quickly. Additionally, if there’s a conversation that you’ve been included in but no longer want to see new messages, we’ve added the ability to ignore them.

As an integral part of the Office 365 experience, we’ve added Groups to the Outlook for Mac Calendar where you can create and manage events on behalf of the Group just like you can with your work or personal calendar in Outlook. Plus, if you’re a member of many Groups, you will be able to see more of your Groups in the folder list, beyond the existing limit of 10.

We are introducing small notifications about email status such as when your emails have been sent. With insights at glance, you know you’ve successfully got things done.

 

mac1.pngThe new Outlook for Mac main mail canvas

Enhanced personalization so you’re in control
One of the Outlook design principles is to make Outlook feel native to your preferred operating environment. In Outlook for Mac, that includes using toolbars. We are adding more flexibility to personalize the existing ribbon. You can choose which commands to display on the new customizable toolbar and which ones to hide. This helps reduce your visual clutter and helps you focus on what’s most important.

Microsoft Search has arrived in Outlook for Mac, the same engine that also powers other Outlook and Office 365 experiences , giving you consistent suggestions and faster results. The Search bar is now located at the top of Outlook for a consistent experience across Office, and by simply clicking into the Search bar, you get recent history and people suggestions that make it easy to find information that matters.

We are very excited about the new capabilities to allow for a deeper Search experience. We’ve added advanced filters, that includes keywords, date ranges, and people, to help you find exactly what you’re looking for in a fraction of the time.

We understand that everyone uses email differently, which is why we’ve added the ability to manage how you view your main email canvas. To help you see all the essentials of your day in one snapshot view, we’ve done something new for Outlook for Mac and integrated My Day into the main mail screen. My Day brings your agenda and a 30 day calendar to the right side of the main canvas.
Whether you like to focus on your day as a whole or prefer to see what’s up next on the agenda, this helps you stay on top of your commitments without leaving your email. Choose between your work, shared, or other calendars, and take action right in the pane, such as joining a meeting or sending an RSVP. This consolidated view helps keep you productive and focus on what matters.

You can also adjust the My Day and Folder list panes based on your preference so you can view either more or less of your message list or reading/compose panes.

When a meeting invite shows up in your inbox, you can now respond and send quick responses straight from the reading pane. Even scheduling meetings is easier, with information that is most relevant to you, such as icons that indicate attendee and location availability, and suggested locations that populate while you type. Simply drag the time block on the calendar grid when creating a meeting and instantly see availability without going into the detailed Scheduling Assistant. The new Outlook for Mac helps you schedule meetings that work best with everyone’s schedule, in just a few clicks making it a sleek, streamlined, and easy to use experience.

The new Outlook for Mac has been designed to make it a better experience for our users - with a simpler, more elegant user experience that gives you a chance to personalize more than ever before.

 

07 - Quick Event Compose Device v2.pngThe new Outlook for Mac Calendar and quick event compose pane


Experience the new Outlook for Mac
The new Outlook for Mac leverages powerful and simple design principles that give users control to customize their experiences and get things done quickly. It helps you access your mail and calendar quickly, schedule and respond to meetings with ease, find what you’re looking for with Search, and bring better organization to your mail. It has the capability updates you’ve been asking for in a customizable and easy to use experience.

Sign up for Insider Fast now and be the first to try it. As part of Insider Fast, you can help shape the future of Outlook for Mac by checking out the new experience and providing feedback – we love to hear what you think. Let us know what you want to see next and give us your thoughts on new features and functionality as they continue to be released. If you have questions or want more information about the new Outlook for Mac, visit our website or support page.

 

*The new Outlook for Mac is supported by mac OS 10.14 Mojave and above. Only available for Office 365, Outlook.com, and Google accounts.

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