Microsoft launches Outlook Beta

Microsoft is promising a faster sleeker smarter email service that users can now test out. A beta version

Business users who rely on Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook platform for their electronic communication needs can now enjoy some of the features offered by rivals such as Slack and Gmail.

Outlook.com is getting a fresh redesign for a more modern look and a smarter inbox all-round, along with a boost on the performance front to make things like attaching files a nippier process. According to Microsoft, Outlook.com Premium customers don't now have access to beta, but this will be available at a later date.

To opt into the beta, Outlook.com users need only click on the "Try the beta" toggle to the right of their inbox (below). Toggle the switch to access the beta.

If you don't have access the beta yet or are a Premium customer, The Verge has spotted a workaround, which will allow all users to try it out.

"Recent advances in programming, design, and artificial intelligence have enabled our engineers and designers to improve the Outlook.com web experience in several areas - and we're eager to get your feedback", Microsoft's Outlook team wrote in an August 8 blog post, noting that if users are less than taken by the new features they can switch back at any time.


Clicking it will give you a load of new goodies, as mentioned, including the addition of "quick suggestions" when composing emails. It's our understanding that this new framework Microsoft is using here is Facebook's ReactJS, which has become increasingly popular for building modern web apps. The new interface looks a lot cleaner than the existing Outlook.com, and it better matches the Mail client for Windows 10.

The new version also will feature an upgraded search experience, as well as a refreshed conversations view.

The Quick Suggestions feature will intelligently provide suggestions based on what you are writing in your email. This means they can now easily search any specific photo from a single contact.

You'll instantly be enrolled in the beta and can begin using the new features. However, the said feature is still incomplete at this point, and more advanced search features are expected to be incorporated in the coming days.

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