Outlook's new advanced rules let you get hyper-specific

Outlook.com is an incredibly popular email service from Microsoft, taking over Hotmail back in 2012. Today, the team have announced new features to help keep your inbox clean and organized to ensure you can easily find emails without having to go through countless messages. These features will compliment functionality already in place, such as Sweep and general rules.

So what new features are we looking at?

  • Advanced Rules
  • Undo Button
  • In-line Reply
  • More Personal Messaging

Outlook advanced rules

Advanced Rules

These new rules provide consumers more control over how emails are sorted, filed or sorted within the inbox itself. It's possible to create multi-condition and action rules to have the system organize everything without requiring micro-management. The team boasts some unique conditions, including time constraints, email tallying, checking read/unread state of emails and checking whether or not the sender is known.

Example: If an unread email is older than 3 days and is from an added contact, mark it as important and flag it for further reading.

Pretty neat, if we do says so ourselves.

Outlook undo button

Making emailing that much easier

As well as the rules, you then have the new undo functionality to quickly reverse an action. This feature is perfect for those times when you drop a message into a wrong folder. The best part? You can hit Ctrl+Z for quicker access. When you're not correcting mistakes, it's now quicker to respond to emails with a new in-line reply feature. This new functionality will be present within a thread so you don't have to open multiple windows/tabs.

Microsoft has been listening to suggestions and complaints from users of its Outlook.com service and have opted to make several minor improvements to make messaging more personal. Starting chats with contacts is easier with a new section dedicated to messaging and it's simple to switch between services. Finally, you can browse people by filtering through which service they're using (be it Skype, Facebook, etc).

These changes are rolling out within the next few weeks, so fear not if you have yet to see them on your account.

Source: Office Blog

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