What you need to know

  • The new Outlook on the web is rolling out to Office 365 customers starting this month.
  • The new Outlook on the web has been available to users who opted in for eight months.
  • The update includes a fresh interface and features aimed at improving communication and scheduling.

An updated Outlook on the web is rolling out to Office 365 customers starting this month. Microsoft has been testing the new Outlook on the web since last year. Users have been able to opt to use the new version for the past eight months. Now, Microsoft is taking the new Outlook on the web out of testing and rolling it out to Office 365 customers (via ONMSFT).

The new Outlook for the web will look familiar to those that use the new Outlook.com. But there are several features that are available on Outlook for the web to Office 365 customers. The majority of these features center on productivity such as jumping into meetings from peek view.

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Outlook for the web gains new visual enhancements, including a dark mode and expressions to help you communicate on the web. It also features several features to streamline time management, including searching across multiple calendars, quickly creating events, and viewing upcoming events in month view.

The update also focuses on improving meetings with options to create online meetings, join online meetings from the event peek, and see attendees' responses to a meeting.

Another notable change is that the Tasks experience in the new Outlook on the web is Microsoft To-Do rather than a separate task platform.

The update is rolling out this month to targeted release customers. Users not in the targeted release category will have to wait until their organization upgrades.

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VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

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Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

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