Microsoft Starts Rolling Out Revamped with New Features

Microsoft today announced it’s rolling out a new revamped version of that contains a new look and features. Here’s a look at what to expect.

Today, Microsoft announced it’s starting to roll out a revamped version of with a new look and features. The company says it is rolling it out as fast as possible to users worldwide, with millions of accounts updated weekly.

Revamped Powered by Office 365

The new built-in features are powered by Office 365, so you’ll see many of the same benefits from the Office subscription service. One of the neat things about this is that you can edit documents side-by-side in your email.

Some new improvements include support for cloud storage services like OneDrive and Dropbox and third-party add-in support for partners such as Yelp, Wunderlist, and Giphy.

Since GIFs have resurfaced as a popular new Internet thing, Giphy lets you add GIFs from what Microsoft describes as “the world’s largest and most powerful GIF library—without leaving your Outlook inbox. You can use GIFs to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, congratulate people on achievements, thank friends and family, and more!”

outlook giphy

Other New Features

According to the Outlook announcement, it offers better Skype integration for text and video calls while on the site, a smarter address book, and improved app support for Mac and PC.

The experience for users connecting to from the Outlook apps for Windows or Mac is also greatly improved with this move to a new platform. Setting Automatic Replies, toggling flags and syncing categories, inbox rules and drafts are now available, providing a great Outlook experience whether you prefer to work in an app or on the web. Outlook on Windows now supports email aliases, while Outlook for Mac can now sync calendar and contact information.

I haven’t received the update yet, but it’s also worth noting that if you sign up for a new account today, you’ll see the new look and features (if you are in North America).

If you haven’t received the update yet, be patient. Microsoft says it will be available soon, and you don’t need to take action to trigger the upgrade.

There’s a lot more going on here that I haven’t mentioned. You can read the full story on this Office Blogs announcement. We’ll be covering this development closely in the coming weeks and will have more awesome tricks that will allow you to get the most out of this new version.

Are you using the new revamped If so, leave us a comment and tell us what you think of it so far.



  1. Jon Lisle-Summers

    February 19, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I like OneNote and have used it across five devices. Recently ‘tho the Editing UI disk has disappeared making it impossible to use. What’s happened?

  2. cooper

    February 19, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Brian – That was a great article and I really appreciated the video! Although I see yet another cerebral exercise in learning yet another system, you made me see that it will be more beneficial to accept the new Outlook and learn its system than to deny it. I swear that this hard drive between my ears is running out of space, but I will trudge on! Charge!!

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