Outlook on the web for Office 365 business users to add 'Likes' and @Mentions to emails

Microsoft wants to make business emails work more like messages on social networks. The company has announced it has started rolling out new features for Outlook web users with Office 365 business accounts that will allow users to 'Like" an email along with adding an @Mention option.

Microsoft described the new Facebook-style 'Like" feature:

"The new Like feature in Outlook on the web provides an easy way to visibly endorse a specific email and call it out as something worth attention—perhaps a statement or idea you support. To Like a message, simply click the thumbs-up icon in the reading pane. This turns the icon from gray to blue, notes within the email that you liked the message and adds a thumbs-up icon in the email list view. Anyone on the thread can Like a message, and their Likes are identified and captured within the message as well. If someone likes your email, you'll receive a notification letting you know."

Outlook Mention

Here's how the new Twitter-style @Mention feature works:

"To use Mentions, simply add the @ symbol in the body of an email. This will bring up your frequent contacts as well as access to your directory. Select the person you want to highlight, and they will automatically be added to the To: line if they were not already included. In addition, their name will be highlighted in the message in blue and they will receive an @ flag in their inbox view next to the message. Furthermore, they can sort by their @ messages to ensure they respond to all messages in which they were mentioned.

All Office 365 commercial customers should see the new Likes and Mentions features in Outlook on the web by mid-November. In addition, users of the revamped Outlook.com site should see the Mention feature added by December, and it will be added to the Office 2016 clients for Windows and Mac, along with the Outlook iOS and Android apps, in the first half of 2016.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

19 Comments
  • Outlook gots a lot going on for her this week.
  • One might say it has a positive outlook.
  • That's cool
  • Oh brother, and there was me hoping this social network thing would die and we stop giving importance to ashton kutcher beltching or kim karashian farting. Like Like. Worlds gone mad. @everyone #worldsgonemad #dumb #notcool #what_the_heck_use_is_a_hash_tag_anyway  
  • Firefox?
  • One of the side benefits of AdBlockers -- being able to define 'features' like this as ads and have them disappear.  This method works quite well on Mint.com ;-)
  • That's a good idea ... will save a lot of replies that only are there to agree with the original mail. Sad thing only is that Outlook 2016 was just released and won't come with this feature ... and as long as this is not integrated in Outlook, it makes no sense. Let's hope we don't have to wait for such features to be added until Outlook 2019 ...
  • True. Weird to have these features counter to the Web but not the app. That said, a Web-first world is kind of the dream, is it not?
  • or the typical....   reply to allwith just  :  "Thank you" email ..    I don't need to be thanked dammit..spare my inbox from that extra email...    
  • On the other hand... Hey Bill, I see you didn't like the last few emails from our team building exercise. We really need team players. I'm gonna need you to go ahead and come in Saturday.
  • This made me chuckle, thank you
  • Ah-some!!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I need a gmail like button so I can like the e-mail thread about switching to outlook.
  • This sounds really interesting and innovative.  This can really change how we email at work.  Glad it's rolling out to the desktop apps as well! :D  Can't wait to try this out at work.
  • This is a brilliant idea. Especially the like button. As mentioned before, the liked will let you know it's been read without the user needing to reply and create useless email chains
  • I love the office 365 look in my office along with skype for buisness
  • There's been some really nice additions lately. The new Onedrive for Business Web Interface is much better now that it's closer to the consumer version.
  • Looks like an interesting addition - This could work well in comments on a Word Document to draw a specific persons attention to something that needs changing or updating. It doesn't say specifically whether "Office 2016" for Mac and Windows would include the apps on Windows 10 Mobile, but hopefully it will.
  • This seems a good features....
    But do you know what could be great feature? Ability to have multi-level Flagging like we can on MS OUTLOOK (from MS Office) on office 365. This feature is only available if configured email account is POP.
    So it would be great have this feature in Exchange Servers.