What's new in Outlook Web App

If you've been using Outlook Web App for a while, you may notice some recent changes. Outlook Web App has been upgraded with new features and new ways to manage your mailbox. For a quick introduction of how to get around in Outlook Web App, see Getting started in Outlook Web App.

 Note    Some of the features described here may not be available for your account.

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New features for your account

  • Navigation has moved to an upper corner. Use the links in the upper corner to switch to different types of information.
  • Jump to your personal information with one click. Click your name in the upper corner, and then click Change to update your information. If instant messaging is enabled, you can also change your status here.
  • Connect to your LinkedIn or Facebook accounts. Click Settings GearIcon > Options > Account > Connected accounts to add a connection to your LinkedIn or Facebook accounts.
  • Offline access through the latest web browsers. See Using Outlook Web App offline to learn more.

New features in mail

We’ve added new ways for you to work with messages in your Inbox.

  • One-click access to filter messages. You can select all, unread, to me, and flagged with a single click.
  • Apps for Outlook. These apps add features to your mail. For example, if there’s a street address in a message, an app for Outlook will add a tab with a map and directions to that address.
  • Inline compose. In addition to reading your mail in the reading pane, you can now compose replies and forwards in the reading pane. You still have the option to open your response in a new window.
  • Drag and drop to add an attachment. In some browsers, you’ll be able to add an attachment to a message by dragging it from the desktop to the message form.
  • Find drafts quickly. You don’t have to go to your drafts folder or open a conversation to find your drafts. Conversations that you have started a new message in will be clearly marked in the list view.
  • Refine search results with a click. You can quickly refine your search results by selecting an option to change the folders included in the search and the time period searched.

New features in calendar

  • Merged calendars views. When you add an additional calendar to your calendar view, the added calendar will be merged with yours to make it easier to find scheduling overlaps. Each calendar will have its own color, which you can change. If you’re using the day view of your calendar, you can split the calendars into separate columns.
  • Click for details. Click any item in your calendar to see a quick view of the details. In addition to a snapshot of the information, you’ll find controls to edit items that you own or respond to meeting invitations. Double-click an item to open it in a view that shows all details.
  • More useful month view. The month view now includes an agenda for the current day, and the grid will show as many items as possible based on your screen size plus a number indicating the number of items not displayed for each day.

New features in people

  • Linked contacts. Outlook Web App will look for similar entries in your Contacts folder and will link them together in a single contact card. You can manually link or unlink entries.
  • Adding LinkedIn or Facebook. You can connect to your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts through options. Connecting to LinkedIn and Facebook automatically adds your contacts in those accounts to your Outlook Web App contacts. See Connected accounts to learn more.
  • Your personal contacts folder and your organization’s address lists are all available from Contacts.

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