Outlook is a brilliant mail client that lets you organize and sort out your vast volumes of email, tasks, and to-do items in an efficient manner. Even its web counterpart, Outlook.com has plenty of cool features that make it a breeze to work with. For instance you may know the usefulness and value of the Sweep function, which lets you delete multiple unwanted emails easily. The Outlook team has now rolled out some advanced features which should further simplify the way you work and manage your email. In this post we take a look at the Advanced Rules and other new features in Outlook.com.
Using Advanced Rules in Outlook.com
While these rules may be something for the power user, anyone who wishes to set conditions to incoming email messages or create rules, so to speak, can do so with ease. The Advanced Rules can be used to combine existing rules together, or you could use time constraints, check the status of mails as read or unread and even check to see if a sender is someone you already know.
Creating Rules in Outlook.com
An example of creating a rule in Outlook.com is where you want to flag an older email you received from one of your contacts. You can set the matching requirements on the left section and the conditions to be followed in the right section so that any email message that matches the set criteria will automatically follow the action you applied to it.
Undo Actions in Outlook.com
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One of the common irritants in using Outlook.com earlier was that any incorrect action done on any message, whether it was wrongfully moved to a folder or deleted had to be retraced to undo the action. Now you can simply make use of the Undo button at the top right of the screen (next to the smiley) or type Ctrl+Z to undo them. This applies to actions such as delete, categorize, flag, mark as junk, or move and can be done even for a group action.
Replying in-line in Outlook.com
In-line replies are the most sensible way of dealing with email replies and Outlook.com now makes it possible for you respond to messages without shifting to another view or window.
Outlook.com is also bringing improvements to its personal messaging service. You can find the latest conversations with your chat contacts and can instantly chat with others from the box in the left of your Inbox. You can also switch between Facebook and Skype chat services from inside the chat session itself. Plus you can search for people based on which chat service they are using and can instantly see their chat status too.
All the latest features and feature improvements are rolling out in stages so if you don’t see them right away don’t worry. They will be landing in the following days and weeks.
Outlook.com has certainly improved vastly and is a web service that is definitely worth using. Do let us know what you think of the latest features and if it has indeed made life easier for you.