Gmail gets a new forward emails as attachment option

Google is rolling out a new feature on Gmail that enables the forwarding of emails as attachments in the email service.

Gmail users who use the web interface currently can forward individual emails only. While that is useful at times, forwarding multiple emails can be a time consuming process as each email needs to be selected individually when it needs to be forwarded.

We’ve heard from you that there are situations where attaching emails makes more sense than forwarding separate emails, like wanting to forward multiple messages related to a single topic. With this new functionality, you can do exactly that. Sending emails as attachments allows you to write a summary email message to your recipients, and attach the set of supporting emails that recipients can directly open in their mail client.

To make things easier for users, Google is rolling out a new feature on Gmail currently that allows users of the service to forward emails as attachments.

One of the main advantages of the new feature is that it allows users to forward multiple emails in one operation.

google-gmail attach emails attachment

All that it takes is to select one or multiple emails on Gmail, right-click the selection, and select the forward as an attachment option from the context menu.

As is the case with most new features on Gmail or Google updates, the feature is being rolled out gradually to all Gmail users. It is enabled if the “forward as attachment” option is visible in the context menu. Google started the rollout of the feature on December 9, 2019 for rapid release domains and plans to complete the rollout by January 21, 2020.

Google notes that users may also use drag and drop to attach selected emails as attachments on Gmail. The operation may not be as convenient as using the right-click option as it is necessary to juggle between two interfaces (email list and compose) when using drag & drop.

Emails that are attached to emails are saved as individual .eml files that most email clients can read. Attachments are not limited according to Google (You can attach as many emails as you’d like), and eml files can be opened with a click when they arrive in Gmail.

Now You: do you forward emails often?

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Email client Thunderbird 68.3.0 is out

The Thunderbird team has released Thunderbird 68.3.0 recently. The new version of the new major branch of the email client is a security and maintenance release for the most part that fixes several issues discovered in previous versions of the email client.

Thunderbird is offered in two branches currently: the 60.* branch with legacy support for extensions, and the new 68.* branch that focuses on WebExtensions for the most part. Currently, Thunderbird 68.* is only offered as an update on Thunderbird 60.* devices if the calendar add-on Lightning is installed.

Thunderbird 68.3.0

thunderbird 68.3

Thunderbird 68.3 fixes several security vulnerabilities. You find detailed information about each on the official security advisories page. The email client is not affected by critical issues; the highest severity rating is high.

Here is a short list of fixed issues:

  • CVE-2019-17008: Use-after-free in worker destruction
  • CVE-2019-13722: Stack corruption due to incorrect number of arguments in WebRTC code
  • CVE-2019-11745: Out of bounds write in NSS when encrypting with a block cipher
  • CVE-2019-17009: Updater temporary files accessible to unprivileged processes
  • CVE-2019-17010: Use-after-free when performing device or
  • CVE-2019-17005: Buffer overflow in plain text serializerientation checks
  • CVE-2019-17011: Use-after-free when retrieving a document in antitracking
  • CVE-2019-17012: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 71, Firefox ESR 68.3, and Thunderbird 68.3

The official release notes list two additions to Thunderbird 68.3.0. Extension developers may use the newly implemented Message Display Toolbar Action WebExtension API, and navigation buttons are now available in content tabs in the application.

Windows users who use Thunderbird may notice that the new email icon has changed on the system.

The remaining changes address issues in previous versions of the email client. None of the issues appear to be major, e.g. that attachment icons were not always correct in the write pane or that the drag & drop reordering of accounts was not working on the Instant messaging status dialog.

Users who noticed that toolbar buttons of add-ons would not show up in the menubar after start won’t experience that issue anymore in the new Thunderbird version.

Now You: which email client do you use?

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A look at the email forwarding service AnonAddy

AnonAddy is an open source email forwarding service designed to protect an Internet user’s email addresses from spam and other unwanted emails.

Most Internet users use one or a handful of email addresses on the Internet. They use these to sign-up for services, do their online shopping, communication, and any other activity that requires an email address (and those that don’t require an email but allow emails to be added to accounts).

The use of a manageable number of email addresses improves manageability but it opens the door for unidentifiable spam, profiling, as well as privacy and security issues.

Using individual email addresses for each service on the Internet would make spam sources identifiable right away, and it would improve privacy and security. Problem is: it is cumbersome to create that many email addresses unless aliases are supported.

Tip: find out if your email address has been sold.

Email forwarding services may assist users, and one these is AnonAddy. The service is available in free and paid versions; paid versions offer more features and make things more comfortable to use.

Note: Email that is sent to your email address flows through the service’s servers. The service does support GPG/OpenPGP though. An option to self-host is also provided.

Setup is quite easy: you pick a username and password, add your “real” email address, and verify the email address. Once the account is set up, you may get started using it right away. AnonAddy offers two main options to create aliases:

  1. Create them on the fly using the format [ANYTHING]@username.anonaddy.com. Anything can be any valid email username and the service will create the aliases automatically when the first email arrives that references it.
  2. So-called UUID emails may also be created; these are random email addresses that use the format [email protected] Free accounts are limited to 20 of those, the limit is upgraded to 50 for the Lite plan ($1 per month) and unlimited for the Pro plan ($3 per month).

What happens when emails are sent to an alias or UUID email address? The email is forwarded automatically to the “real” email address.

You may use the dashboard that AnonAddy provides to manage aliases, recipients, domains and usernames. Each alias is listed on the dashboard and you may set these to inactive or trash them in case you no longer need them.

The actual email that arrives in the inbox of your “real” address includes the alias so that you can link spam or other unwanted content that you receive to a specific service.

Recipients are a user’s working email addresses that all the aliases and UUIDs of AnonAddy get forwarded to. Free accounts support up to two, Lite five and Pro 20.

One of the limitations of the free account is that replies are not supported. While you may reply using the “real” email address, it is generally not recommended as you will expose it to the service. Lite and Pro plans support anonymous replies (20 and 100 per day).

Another restriction of the free account that bandwidth is limited to 10MB per month. The developer of the service states that the 10 Megabyte limit is good for around 140 plain text emails per month. Lite and Pro increase the number to 50 MB and 500 MB respectively.

The limit may be sufficient for sign-up activities but probably not for other activity (e.g. conversations per email with others).

AnonAddy’s paid accounts support a number of additional features: Both Lite and Pro benefit from email queue priorities over Free accounts, and both support additional alias domains and custom domains (Lite 1, Pro 5).

Closing Words

AnonAddy is an open source project that anyone can sign-up for or self-host. The free plan works fine for light use cases, e.g. account sign-ups on several Internet sites per month, but users who use it more actively may run into the, rather low, quota sooner than later. That leaves paid plans or self-hosting as the two available options to use the service.

Setup and use of the service is comfortable and straightforward. One issue that especially free users may run into is that spammers may look up the service to protect against detection; the issue is not unique to AnonAddy though and it can be somewhat mitigated in the paid accounts.

You could also use disposable email addresses – if not blocked by the service you want to sign-up for — as one-time email addresses.

Now You: Do you use email forwarding services or tricks?

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Thunderbird 60.9.1 and 68.2.2 have been released

The Thunderbird development team has released two updates for the two supported branches of the email client. Thunderbird 60.9.1 and Thunderbird 68.2.2 are now available; both releases fix issues in the email client but don’t introduce new features to it.

Thunderbird is offered in two versions currently. Thunderbird 60.x is the classic version of the email client while Thunderbird 68.x is the new version that is based on new code and as a result not fully compatible with all extensions released previously for the email client.

The team released Thunderbird 68 in August 2019 but did not include automatic update options from Thunderbird 60.x to the new version unless the calendar extension Lightning was installed. Thunderbird users may download the installer from the official project website to upgrade manually, but automatic upgrades are prevented unless the extension is installed.

Some users noticed that the profile that they were using in Thunderbird previously was not loaded after they made the upgrade to the new version. The profile contains all configured email services, all emails, installed extensions, and any other user data such as information about changed preferences.

Thunderbird 68.2.2

Thunderbird 68.2.2 fixes the upgrade issue that occurred when a 64-bit version of Thunderbird was upgraded from version 60 to 68.

Then upgrading a 64bit version of Thunderbird version 60 to version 68, the existing profile wasn’t recognized and a new profile was created.
Note: If your profile is still not recognized, select it by visiting about:profiles in the Troubleshooting Information.

The new version has two unresolved issues according to the release notes:

  • Add-ons are updated automatically when Thunderbird 60 is upgraded to 68; this may disable some extensions even if compatible updates are available. Thunderbird users may open the Add-ons Manager to reinstall these if they are compatible with Thunderbird 68.
  • LDAP lookup is not working when SSL is enabled. Workaround: Disable SSL or switch off option “Query OSCP responder servers” in the certificate settings in advanced options.

Thunderbird 60.9.1

thunderbird 60.9.1

Thunderbird 60.9.1 is an automatic upgrade for the 60.x branch of the email client. The new version fixes an issue with Google authentication (OAuth2) which is used to authenticate Google accounts to integrate them into the email client.

The version has two unresolved issues of its own according to the release notes. Both are long-standing issues and not new:

  • Twitter is not working currently due to changes that Twitter made to the API.
  • Windows network shares addressed via drive letters are addressed via UNC now.

Closing Words

Both updates are not really must-have updates unless you are affected by one of the issues that they resolve. If you noticed issues with Gmail accounts in Thunderbird you may want to upgrade as the new version may resolve those.

Now You: Which version of Thunderbird do you use currently, if any? (via Born)

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Manage your Todo.txt with Thunderbird using this extension

Remember our article about Todo.Txt? We told you how easy and efficient it is to create your very own cross platform task management and reminder file system.

The beauty of the system is that you can use any text editor with it. But it doesn’t stop there, if you are a Thunderbird user, there is another way to manage your Todo.txt right from the email client.

Manage your Todo.txt with Thunderbird using this extension

The Todo.Txt extension requires the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird and access to your Todo.Txt and Done.Txt to work. The Done.Txt acts as an archive for your completed tasks, i.e, any task that you have marked as done is moved from the Todo.Txt to Done.Txt.

You’ll need to restart Thunderbird after installing the add-on. Once you have installed and restarted, click on the Calendar tab or Task tab and you will see a Todo.Txt calendar in the left sidebar. Personally, I prefer the Task tab since it displays the tasks in a better way.

But before you start to use the add-on, you need to set a Todo.Txt file for the add-on to access. The extension can read tasks that you may have from your existing Todo.Txt so that your existing tasks may be displayed in Thunderbird.

How to set the location of the text files in the Todo.Txt Thunderbird Extension

Click on the Thunderbird menu > Add-ons > Todo.txt; this will bring the Todo.txt add-on’s preferences window in to view.

The page that opens allows you to select the location of the text files (todo and done). Use the browser button to pick the file from the local system.

There are 3 other options on the page that are enabled in the add-on’s settings. The first two let the add-on use Thunderbird’s functionality and creation timestamp. The third option is to display the “Projects and Contexts” in the title.

Todo.txt Thunderbird extension

Let’s go back to the Task tab; you should now be able to see the Todo tasks. Don’t have any? Let’s create one. Please refer to the previous article (linked in the first part of this post) regarding the syntax of Todo.Txt. Right-click on Thunderbird’s main pane to create a new task and give it a title and use the syntax for setting a due date.

For e.g., if I want to create a task called “An Example task”on my home computer and set tomorrow as the due date, it will look like this: An Example Task @HomePC due:2019-10-10.

Todo.txt Thunderbird task

To mark a task as completed, click on the check box next to it and the add-on will archive it to the Done.Txt. You can also mark it as completed by right-clicking on a task. You can optionally add descriptions to the tasks, but remember these aren’t part of a normal Todo.Txt. Similarly, you can also set due dates using Lightning’s task editor, but I find it better to preserve the Todo.Txt format, especially if you’re using it on other devices.

That’s it, the rest is up to you.

Note: I wanted to write about this add-on earlier, when I wrote the article about Todo.Txt, but the add-on’s compatibility with Thunderbird 68 was uncertain at that time. Thankfully, v2 of the add-on was released a few days ago to address the very issue. It is not available on the add-ons repository yet, the developer mentions that he has submitted to Mozilla for verification. I used the source code to build the current release from GitHub and tested it. The official version should be available soon.

Todo.txt Thunderbird version 2

Now you, what are your favorite Thunderbird add-ons that you use alongside Lightning?

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Mail client Thunderbird 68.2.0 is out

A new version of the email client Thunderbird is now available. Thunderbird 68.2.0 was released on October 22, 2019 (the same day that Firefox 70.0 was released).

Thunderbird installations that are on the 68.x version already should receive the update automatically; the development team notes that this is also the case for Thunderbird 60.x installations that have the calendar extension Lightning installed.

Thunderbird 60.x installations without Lightning are not updated automatically to the new version at this point. It is still possible to upgrade but this needs to be done manually by downloading the Thunderbird installer from the official site and executing it on the local system.

Users who upgrade to a 64-bit version of Thunderbird from a 32-bit version should have fewer issues, if any, when they do so. The development team notes that it may still be necessary to pick the right profile as a new blank profile may be created. Affected users may either load Thunderbird with the -p parameter to display the profile selector on start, or open about:profiles from Help > Troubleshooting Information.

Note that Thunderbird 68 does not support all extensions that worked in previous versions of the email client.

thunderbird 68.2.0

Thunderbird 68.2.0 is mostly a bug fix release. It does introduce support for the two WebExtensions APIs Message Display and Message Search but those are the only new additions to the email client.

The APIs were added to newer development versions of Thunderbird but backported to Thunderbird 68.2.0.

  • Message Display — A message can be displayed in either a 3-pane tab, a tab of its own, or in a window of its own
  • Message Search — Gets all messages that have the specified properties, or all messages if no properties are specified.

Improvements include a fix for Thunderbird not maintaining the application window size after a restart, mailing lists editing fixes, and better visual feedback for unread messages when the dark theme of the email client is used.

The team lists two known issues in the new browser version:

  1. Names of standard folders are not localized when a language pack is used. The team promises that the issue will be fixed in the coming Thunderbird 68.2.1 release.
  2. LDAP lookup does not work when SSL is enabled. The team suggests to either disable SSL or switch the “Query OSCP responder servers” in the certificate settings to off.

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Thunderbird to support OpenPGP encryption standard in 2020

The next major version of the open source cross-platform email client Thunderbird will support the OpenPGP encryption standard natively.

Thunderbird users may use the extension Enigmail currently to use OpenPGP functionality in the email client; this adds encryption and digital signature support to the email client to protect emails from unauthorized access (emails are transferred in plain text by default). Jack Wallen reviewed Enigmail back in 2009 and I published an updated guide in September 2017 detailing how to encrypt emails in Thunderbird using Enigmail.

The development team released Thunderbird 68 in August. Thunderbird shares code with the Firefox web browser and a consequence of that was that the team had to make changes to the extensions system just like Mozilla did when it released Firefox 57.  Thunderbird 68.0 does not support certain types of classic extensions and the next major version of Thunderbird, version 78, finalizes the migration.

enigmail sign key

One consequence of the move is that classic add-ons, Enigmail being one of them, won’t be supported anymore in the new version of the email client. Some extensions may be ported while others may not as it depends on API support and a developer’s willingness to migrate the extension.

Enigmail is used by over 119,000 users currently and discontinuation of the extension would affect these users severely. The development team decided to explore options and one of them was to integrate the OpenPGP standard natively in the client; this would allow users of Enigmail to migrate to the built-in functionality and make encryption functionality available to all users of the email client.

Thunderbird 78, which will be released in Summer 2020, will support native encryption. Enigmail won’t be compatible with Thunderbird 78 anymore. The developer of the Enigmail extension agreed to work with the Thunderbird team to implement OpenPGP functionality in the email client.

Enigmail users will get options to migrate existing keys and settings, and most things should work just like before. Whether indirect key ownership confirmations will be supported has not been decided yet.

Thunderbird 78 “will encourage” users of Enigmail to perform ownership confirmations of keys and notify the user if the key of the correspondent changed.

Encryption won’t be enabled automatically for users who have not used Enigmail in the past but the team plans to integrate discovery options in the client.

A wiki page highlights the plans in detail.

Closing Words

Thunderbird 78 will support native OpenPGP standard support; that is a good thing as it unlocks encryption options to every user of the client. The original developer will work on the integration and existing users may migrate to the native solution once it lands in Thunderbird. A few uncertainties remain as the development plan has not been finalized yet.

Now You: do you encrypt your emails?(via Deskmodder)

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Quicktext for Thunderbird lets you create email templates and add them to your emails in seconds

Quicktext is an add-on for the Thunderbird email client that lets you create templates that you may insert into emails at any time.

If you send a lot of emails or reply to many in a day, you know how time-consuming it can be. However, if you use a phrase or paragraph multiple times, or respond to similar kinds of mails on a regular basis, Quicktext can help you save some time.

QuickText

Quicktext for Thunderbird lets you create email templates and add them to your emails in seconds

It is an add-on for Thunderbird and here’s how to use it. Quicktext is compatible with all recent versions of Thunderbird including the recently released Thunderbird 68.0. You may need to click on “versions” on the extensions page to list all available extension versions.

Quicktext had a premium version at one point, but it no longer exists. The add-on was made open-source and was picked up by Mozilla’s own Thunderbird Council who now maintain it. All features which were once behind a paywall, are now available in the free version. The add-on’s Wiki/help section is kind of nonexistent. But Quicktext is actually quite easy to use.

To get started with Quicktext, you will need to access the add-on’s settings. To do so:

  1. Click on the “Write” button, and then on “Tools” in the composer window.
  2. Select Quicktext.

You will see three tabs here: General, Templates and Script.

The General tab has a few settings for the add-on. You don’t need to do anything here at the moment.

The Templates tab is the primary work-area of Quicktext. You can add groups and templates from this screen. You will need at least one group for the add-on to work. Select/create a group from the side-bar to add a template.

Note: Groups are sort of like folders in which Templates are saved.

The template editor can be used for customizing the templates using the following attributes:

  • Title – This is for your reference; pick any title, e.g. Work, Events, Mission to Mars 2029.
  • Content – This is the message snippet that you want to add quickly to your email. The content can be in Text or HTML.
  • Variables – Explained below
  • Shortcut- You can assign a shortcut to the template from 0-9, the template can then be quickly added to an email by pressing Alt + the selected key.
  • Subject- Automatically add the custom subject content to the email
  • Keyword – Similar to shortcut, but you need to type the word in the composer and press TAB, to add the template to the email.
  • Attachments – You can select a file on your computer and the add-on will attach it to the email.

About variables; let me explain how that works. Click on it and you will see various options (To, From, Attachments, etc). These contain tags which are used by the add-on to identify the relevant content from context and add it to the email. Here is a list of supported tags in Quicktext.

In my example, I’m going to add a “Positive Reply” template for a group called “Press Contacts”.

  1. I want Quicktext to automatically identify the recipient’s name (from the To: address) and add it to the email, so I select Variables > To > First Name.
  2. Next, I type some text content.
  3. Finally, I select From > First Name as the variable, to make it get my name from the account settings.

Quicktext for Thunderbird cheat sheet

Quicktext for Thunderbird cheat sheet

This is how the template will appear, it may not make sense now. But once you use it you’ll see how it works.

Hi, [[TO=firstname]]

Thanks for the heads up, I’ll send you a link to the article when it’s published.

[[FROM=firstname]]

Let’s say I’m sending the email from the above example to someone called John Smith, thanking him for sending me a press release. I open the Write window in Thunderbird and use the template called Positive Reply. This is what it will look like.

Quicktext for Thunderbird

All I had to do was select the recipient’s email address and select the template. The email was ready to send in a split-second. You can use this for your own messages, all you need to do is set up the template and content accordingly.

Tip: Click on the General tab in Quicktext Settings and enable the “View Quicktext-menu on right-click”. This is incredibly useful for accessing the templates quickly.

Ways to add templates saved in Quicktext

You can use any of the following methods to add the templates:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the Write window, and select Quicktext > choose the template.
  2. Click on the Group name from the Quicktext toolbar (its just above the text field of the compose window) and select the template.
  3. Use the shortcut combo. For e.g. Alt + 1
  4. Type the keyword and press TAB.

If you have some coding knowledge, you can add custom scripts in Quicktext template editor’s Script tab.

Note: The FROM attribute has some issues, it wouldn’t add my name even though it is saved in the account settings, and the vCard.

Closing Words

Quicktext is a super helpful extension for Thunderbird users who compose a significant number of emails regularly and if text is reused. It is great for business use as it speeds up the often monotonous process of writing emails or replying to emails, but home users may find the extension useful as well, e.g. to quickly add a snippet to emails.

Now You: What are your favorite Thunderbird extensions?

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Thunderbird 68.0 is out: major email client update

The Thunderbird team has released Thunderbird 68.0, a new major version of the desktop email client that is going to replace the current branch Thunderbird 60.x in the long run.

Thunderbird 68.0 is a major update that changes quite a few things; that explains why it is not pushed via the email client’s automatic updating system at this point in time. Thunderbird users who are interested in the new version may download it from the project website to install it manually. Organisations may point the browser to the Thunderbird for Organisations page instead to download a MSI package or the 64-bit installer for Windows.

Check out our guide on upgrading 32-bit Thunderbird to 64-bit if you still run a 32-bit copy.

The team plans to push Thunderbird 68.1 via the automatic update systems.

Note: it is highly recommended that you back up profile and data folders. If things go wrong, you may remove the new version, install the old again, and restore the backup.

Thunderbird 68.0

thunderbird 68.0

The release notes list new features, changes, and fixes. One of the major differences to Thunderbird 60.x is that add-ons may only work if the add-on developers have adapted them. Any add-on that has not been adapted will be disabled when you run Thunderbird 68.0.

While you can check that in a running copy of Thunderbird 68.0, you may also check the official add-ons repository to find out if installed extensions are listed as compatible with the new version of the email client.

thunderbird 68.0 extensions disabled

I don’t run a lot of extensions in Thunderbird but all three installed extensions — Compact Header, Manually Sort folders, and Subject Manager — were disabled automatically after the upgrade to Thunderbird 68.0 because they are not compatible with the version of the email client.

Another change in this regard is that Thunderbird 68.0 supports only WebExtension themes or dictionaries.

As far as new features are concerned, there are quite a few:

  • You may now install and use different language packs in Thunderbird. You need to set intl.multilingual.enabled to True first in the Options and may then select language packs in the advanced options of the email client.
  • A new “mark all folders read” option for all email accounts in the right-click context menu.
  • Downgrade protection to block profile access when earlier versions of Thunderbird are launched. You may override this by starting Thunderbird with the –allow-downgrade parameter.
  • In chat, individual spellcheckers may be selected for each conversation.
  • File link attachments can be linked to again instead of uploading them.
  • Filters may run periodically and filter logging has improved.
  • Support for Yandex OAuth 2 authentication.
  • New Policy Engine using Windows Group Policy or JSON files.
  • TCP keepalive for the IMAP protocol.
  • Full unicode support for MAPI interfaces.
  • Support for MAPISendMailW.
  • Time Zone data in Calendar may include past and future changes.

The list of changes and fixes is equally long. Noteworthy changes include that options are displayed in a tab and not window, that there is a new Hamburger menu to launch certain tools and run actions right from it, theme improvements including a dark message list and thread pane option, improved phishing detection for messages with “certain forms”, and improvements to scam warnings.

The auto-compacting thresholds has been increased from 20 Megabytes to 200 Megabytes but you can still change the value in the Options under Network & Disk Space.

You can check out the full release notes here.

Closing words

I made the switch earlier today and like the new release even though it disabled all three extensions that I used previously. Thunderbird 68.0 feels a lot snappier and faster, and while that is certainly just my impression after a short period of use, it looks as if some of the performance issues could be a thing of the past.

I’d still suggest to test the new release before making the switch especially if you rely on certain extensions.

Now You: What is your take on the new release?

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Microsoft launches the new Outlook.com officially

Microsoft launched the new Outlook.com web interface today after eight months of beta testing and tweaking.  Microsoft customers could opt-in to test the new interface early during that period and provide the company with feedback.

The new Outlook.com will be pushed to customers gradually starting in July. Microsoft plans to listen to customer feedback to improve the experience further going forward.

Organizations who blocked the opt-in toggle to join the new Outlook.com experience will be upgraded to the new version eventually as Microsoft will remove the option to block the new interface.

outlook.com new interface

Here is a list of what is new:

  • Categories. Categories are displayed in the message list to highlight these tags better.
  • Dark Mode. You can turn on the dark theme for the site in the Quick Settings. Just click on the settings icon and toggle dark mode.  The change is immediate. Microsoft notes that customers may turn off dark mode for individual emails to improve readability.
  • Expressions. A click on the smiley icon opens options to add emojis or GIFs to messages.
  • Favorites. Add contacts, groups, or categories to the favorites for quick access and seeing the message count right away.
  • Tabs. Outlook users who jump between tasks benefit from a tabbed interface that displays all open activities and tasks in the interface.
  • Time Management. A new feature that adds “intelligent technology” to Outlook. Includes Meeting Insights that may display relevant information in preparation of meetings, suggested reply with a meeting feature, and smart time suggestions to let attendees of meetings vote on the best time.
  • Calendar Search. Improved search that finds matches across multiple calendars.
  • Quick Events Creation. One-click from calendar to start the event creation process.
  • Calendar Focus. Today’s and tomorrow’s events are highlighted in calendar.
  • Snooze. Customers may snooze emails to deal with it at a later point in time. Snoozing hides the email in the inbox to return it at a later point in time.
  • Month view with upcoming events. Month view displays the events of each day of the month and also how much time is left until the next event.
  • Online meeting improvements. Online meeting creation now reflects an organization’s meeting policies more closely. Online meetings may be joined from the event peek, and it is possible to see attendee responses to meetings.
  • Tasks syncs with Microsoft To-Do. Outlook.com tasks sync with Microsoft’s To-Do service.

Check out Microsoft’s announcement on the Tech Community site if you are interested in additional details and more images.

Closing Words

I find tabs to be the most useful feature addition to Outlook.com, have to admit that I don’t use any of the calendar or meeting features; these may be useful to Outlook users and organizations as they may improve certain aspects of managing meetings and events.

Now You: do you use outlook.com? (via Deskmodder)

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