Microsoft is Introducing a New and Improved Beta

Microsoft today announced it is rolling out a new opt-in beta program for its email service. Here’s what you can expect.

Microsoft today announced it is rolling out a new opt-in beta program for its email service. The company promises to provide users with access to a faster and more personalized online email experience. The team will roll out a new toggle switch for you to join the beta program, and if you aren’t happy with it, you can easily toggle it off and go back to the old version.

New Beta

Microsoft’s Outlook team says the beta opt-in web experience will start rolling out to users over the next few weeks. Here’s a look at what’s new and improved over the current version.

Faster experience. The team is implementing a more responsive web framework that will deliver upgraded search abilities, a modern conversation style, and a new design that allows you to see, read, and attach files faster.

More personalization. You’ll now be able to personalize your inbox with your favorite people and folders. This will make it easier to find contacts, files, and previous conversations. It will also provide a way to make messages more personal with access to several more expressions, emojis, and GIFs.

A Smarter Inbox. Your inbox will now show suggestions as you type. You can easily add info about flights, restaurants, or favorite sports team schedules to your conversations. It will also add an improved photo experience that places all photos sent or received in one place to make it easy to access from a central location.

Other enhancements will be rolled out over the next few months, including updates to Calendar and People. The team says that it will improve and refine features based on user feedback.

You will get a message (shown below) that will pop up in the upper right corner of your inbox when the beta is available to you. Again, this is a staged rollout, so if you don’t see it right away, Microsoft says you’ll see it in the next few weeks.

For a complete list of details about the program, how to submit feedback, and frequently asked questions, check out this blog post from the Outlook team. Have you been offered the beta yet? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.



  1. Steve Krause

    August 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Huh – feels like they just refreshed it with the focused inbox and other items. Nice to see more innovation here.

    • Larry Henderson

      August 9, 2017 at 6:30 am

      I like it too BUT I am old school and set in my ways. That means I hate to give up NOTES as a part of Outlook. If I could link the new OneNote into I would rush to use it !

      • Rob Gould

        August 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

        No Notes? Forget it

  2. Wine King

    August 13, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I tried it. Its CRAP that’s how I felt after 2 minutes, and my opinion has not changed days later. The old site is rubbish and this is worse in my humble opinion.

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