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Microsoft Launches Big Updates to Windows 10 Mail & Calendar Apps

Microsoft today announced some major new improvements and updates to its Mail & Calendar apps in Windows 10. Both apps have seen several improvements since first introduced in 2015, and more updates are rolling out over the next few weeks.

Group Program Manager for Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps, Lynn Ayres, writes: “On the Windows 10 Mail & Calendar team, we’re working hard to come up with new ways to make this possible. Along with architectural improvements that enable enhanced performance and faster innovation, we’re excited to announce several new features today.”

Windows 10 Mail & Calendar Updates

Focused Inbox will allow you to get to your most important emails easier by separating your inbox into two tabs – “Focused” and “Other”. Obviously, the emails that are most important will appear under the Focused tab. The other less important emails such as newsletters will be accessible, but out of the way. in the “Other” tab. You can toggle this feature on or off by going to Settings > Reading > Focused Inbox in the app.

Focused Inbox

Mentions are designed for connecting with your contacts fast. While composing a message, just add the ‘@’ symbol to bring up frequent contacts. When you pick the contact you need, their name will be highlighted in blue. That will help the person know they need to take action in your message.

Mail @ Mentions

Color Categories for Calendar will allow you to better organize upcoming events in a variety of different colors. The idea is it will enable you to scan through your calendar for similar events and plan your day more effectively. Color Categories have long been a feature in Outlook proper, and per the blog post, this has been a top requested calendar feature for the Calendar app.

Color Categories calendar

Interesting calendars is a feature that will let you follow cloud-based calendars powered by Bing. Examples of these are TV schedules or your favorite sports’ team season schedule.

Travel reservations and package deliveries work across both Mail and Calendar. It will let you keep on top of your travel plans and package deliveries by adding simplified summary cards to your inbox and calendar.  Microsoft says this will enable you to “quickly get to travel reservations and package delivery details, check in for flights or change hotels and rental car reservations or track the latest packages delivery status at the touch of a button, and stay on top of these events with reliable reminders.”

Smaller improvements include an option to add Skype for online meetings, a scheduling assistant for Office 365 accounts, fun emoji picker, and a people picker for quickly browsing contacts you want to add to a new calendar appointment you create.

Don’t see these new features yet? No worries. Microsoft is rolling them out to everyone’s Outlook.com and Office 365 accounts over the next few weeks. Also, the team is working on bringing to bring features to accounts from other providers in the future.

Have any of these new features rolled out to you yet? If so, leave us a comment below and let us know how things are going.

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