After being available to a limited number of users in a preview mode for the past several months, Microsoft is now rolling out the new version of its Outlook.com email website. It's available worldwide with a host of new features.
Microsoft has created the new Outlook.com using the infrastructure of Office 365. This means features of Microsoft's Office online service such as a way to automatically add flight confirmations to a user's calendar and a smarter address book are now available on Outlook.com. Microsoft adds:
"The experience for users connecting to Outlook.com from the Outlook apps for Windows or Mac is also greatly improved with this move to a new platform. Setting Automatic Replies, toggling flags and syncing categories, inbox rules and drafts are now available, providing a great Outlook experience whether you prefer to work in an app or on the web. Outlook on Windows now supports Outlook.com email aliases, while Outlook for Mac can now sync calendar and contact information."
Outlook.com also now allows for side-by-side editing of Office documents while also replying to email messages. There are also faster ways to add find and insert emojis in email messages, along with better ways to orgaized emails in general
"Pins let you keep important emails at the top of your inbox while flags help you mark others for follow-up. Pins are also now folder specific, great for anyone who uses folders to organize their email. We also added search suggestions and refiners to help you find what you need, fast, without having to take an advanced course in search syntax."
The new Outlook.com also offers better Skype integration for texting, speaking and making video calls while also using the site. Microsoft plans to add a way to schedule a Skype call right from Outlook.com in the near future.