If you spend a lot of the day working with email, Outlook is a great way to manage it. Microsoft's latest online offering at Outlook.com is superb, too, and it allows you to maintain full control over your inbox from any PC.
Outlook.com also supports integrations with third-party add-ins, and there are some really great ones out there that can enhance your experience and make you even more productive. Here are some of the best Outlook add-ins.
How to enable add-ins
Once you're logged in to Outlook.com, enabling add-ins is simple. Just follow these steps:
- Click on the settings cog.
- Select manage integrations.
- Search for the add-in you want or browse the catalog.
- Slide the toggle switch to on when you want to activate it.
You'll now find your integrated add-ins within your email window when you read or compose messages.
If you ever use PayPal to move money, you should definitely activate it in your Outlook inbox. It does exactly what you'd hope it would: allow you to send money to folks without having to leave the comfort of your inbox.
It's also a great one-click way to send money to someone should they email you to remind you that you owe them. There's no excuse to forget!
Cat GIFs are important. No? OK, well, GIFs are a great way to lighten the mood in any correspondence, and Giphy is the place to get them.
By enabling Giphy in your Outlook.com inbox, any time you want a quirky moving image to send in an email you just click, search, insert and you're done. Now, go forth and send felines to all thy friends.
Translator for Outlook
If you deal with contacts from different countries, you don't have to make them translate text to English before sending you messages. Instead, you can do the "hard" work for them.
Translator for Outlook is powered by Microsoft Translator, and it does exactly what you'd expect. If you receive an email in a tongue other than your own, click the translate button and the side panel opens up with words in your desired language. It's simple and effective.
Timyo is a neat way to politely specify the reaction you expect to your email. Rather than writing out exactly when you want a response, you can use Timyo to keep it all in check.
It's a simple add-in that pops open when you need it. It's also a great way to keep track of responses you're expecting, especially if you send a lot of email.
Trello is a really popular tool for planning all kinds of projects and workflows, and it's something we use daily at Windows Central.
One of the neat things you can do is enable the add-in for Outlook, and with a single click you can pop open your Trello boards and add an email as a new "card," or list item. It strips all the information from the message to put on the card, so you don't miss out anything.
If you need to send location information for a point of interest or find somewhere near you, such as a restaurant, Bing Nearby is a great tool to have at your disposal.
You just search for what you're looking for, and with one click you can add the full address and map information to a message. It's simple, but it works, and it works well.
These are some of our favorite add-ins for Outlook.com, but what about you? If you have a gem we missed, be sure to share it in the comments below.
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If only the Outlook app for Windows were a web service container... It is ridiculous that the web service is 1000 times better tan the oficial app in the oficial system
Truth. Outlook.com is permanently open on my PC.
I prefer Office 2016's Outlook myself.
I can't stand web email. I have Outlook 2016 on everything that I use.
Honestly I find more ridicolous that in 2017 we should still need to rely on a email desktop client. It makes sense on a phone or portable device but for the desktop email clients are just a leftover of the days when internet connection were on dial-up and since you had to pay for the data connection time (and occupy the voice line too), writing offline was the best thing to do, than connect by you awesome 56k router...let your email synch while crawling (literally) the internet and then log off.
I use the desktop app on my laptop because it's not always connected, but haven't been using it on my desktop PC for few years now. And I have no reason to come back to it, webmail is more powerful, easier to access since I have to open the browser anyway, attachments go directly on the cloud and synch locally if needed, etc...
Outlook.com is great overall these days, but desperately needs add-ins or enhancements to help manage junk mail filters and rules. As you accumulate more filters and rules, they increasingly become a nightmare to scroll through and manage.
The new outlook.com features are great, the big but is that it always opens with a splash / sign-in screen and that a link to the calendar first opens the mailbox and so on. It seems that Mail, Calendar and Tasks have all been put in 1 page, it couldn't have been worse.
Does anyone know how to fix outlook calendar not syncing with all devices? All my devices run windows 10 and the outlook app. Everything else syncs like the email and contacts but not the calendar
When I've had sync issues in the past, I would just disconnect and re sync on the affected devices. Usually that fixes it, worth a try.
If they had one to enable a dark mode and finally (finaalllly) let us choose pictures for our contacts, that'd be great...Redmond.
Would love the translate option in Outook, as they have in Gmail.
Bing Nearby is the only one I need to use and it is not available in EU. Heh!
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