Microsoft showcases a major update to Outlook.com, to be released today for a small group of customers

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Microsoft announced that there will be an update rolling out today for a small group of people. They released a small video too showcasing the changes that are going to be coming. And from the looks of it, It looks like the update is a major one.
Here is a breakdown of new features which are coming to Inbox in this update as given by Microsoft :
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  • Clutter—Get help managing your inbox. Clutter works on your behalf, sorting messages you’re likely to ignore into a separate folder, so you can focus on what matters. The more you use Outlook.com, the better Clutter gets. You can help train Clutter by dragging messages in or out of the Clutter folder and you can turn it on or off depending on your preferences.
  • Search Suggestions and Refiners—Find what you need, fast. Suggestions put the people you communicate with and the content in your mailbox at your fingertips when searching for content. Refiners let you pivot your search results based on the sender, folder, date received and attachments. We’ve also added highlighting, making it easy to spot your search terms within the results.
  • New themes—We’ve added 13 new themes with graphic designs to help you express your personality in your inbox.
  • Link preview—Just paste a link into your message and Outlook.com automatically generates a rich preview to give your recipients a peek into the contents of the destination. It works great with any webpage, but try it with video links from Vimeo and YouTube for something even better.
  • Inline images—Copy and paste images directly into the body of your message, right where you want them.
  • Pop-out read and compose—Multi-tasking is easy with messages that pop out into new windows.
  • Pins and Flags—Keep essential emails at the top of your inbox with Pins and mark others for follow-up with Flags. Pins are now folder specific, great for anyone who uses folders to organize their email. Quickly find and manage your flagged items with inbox filters or the new Task module, accessible from the app launcher.
  • Add-ins—Announced earlier this month at Build, add-ins appear while you’re reading or composing a message and are designed to help you complete the task at hand. In addition to the Bing Maps, My Templates and Suggested Meetings add-ins that are built-into Outlook.com, we’re excited to have third-party add-ins on the way from Uber, Boomerang and PayPal. Watch for more partner announcements soon.


Its also getting a great calender integration, Skype, word integration. Getting new themes. New sharing experience. You can work with things side by side.
  • New Skype experience—Seamlessly shift conversations between email and Skype. Chat with a group, or one-on-one, using all your favorite Skype emoticons. Start a voice or video call by pressing the call button.
  • Simplified sharing from OneDrive—Sharing files through the cloud is the best way to keep everyone on the same page, but uploading a file and setting permissions can add a lot of extra steps. Now it’s easy, just attach the file to your draft message—drag and drop or with the file picker—and with one click you can convert it to a shared OneDrive link.
  • Side-by-side views—Open an attachment and see it side-by-side with the email. You can view or edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents while simultaneously replying to the original message. Best of all, any changes you make to the file are automatically saved and attached to your response when you hit send—no need to download, edit, save and re-attach the revised file. Side-by-side view works great with photos too.
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We know that Windows 10 outlook app is already going to have integration of Calender app in to it. 
And its coming to outlook.com too. 
Microsoft also announced they are opening Outlook Uservoice starting from today.
This new update will start rolling out from today to a small group of customers and with time they are going to add more users to it through an opt in program in the coming weeks. 
So, what do you think about the new features? For me they are freaking awesome.
Source: Microsoft.

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