Microsoft has launched a new public beta program for Outlook.com, its web mail service. Participating is quite simple: all you need to do is toggle the “Try the Beta” switch located at the top right corner of your inbox. Of course, you can opt out at any time, should you choose to do so.
If you’re unable to find the opt-in switch right away, don’t worry. According to Microsoft officials, this is a phased rollout, and you can expect it to become available to everyone worldwide within the next couple of weeks.
As for the new features, there is an upgraded search feature, an entirely new design, and a new interface. The new look was designed to allow users to see, read, and attach files more quickly. The attachments can now be previewed inside the user’s conversation list.
Personalisation also plays a significant role in the updated look, and users will be able to choose their favourite folders and persons, as well as choose from a plethora of popular gifs and emojis.
While typing inside the inbox, users will be given “quick suggestions”, displaying information on flights, restaurants, schedules, etc. From now on, it will also be easier to manage sent and received photos, since they will all be residing in a single place.
Additional features will be introduced as time goes on, which includes updates to people and the calendar. When the beta ends, Microsoft will review user feedback and use it to decide whether the new features should be introduced, refined, or dropped entirely.