- Microsoft shares a list of new features in the works for the new Outlook app.
- Some features include offline, Copilot, POP3, and PST support.
- The company is not saying when exactly these new features will arrive to users.
Microsoft has shed some light on the new features users can expect from the Outlook for Windows app. In September 2023, the software giant made the new Outlook app generally available for Windows 11 (and 10) devices without essential features, such as offline, POP3, and PST support. However, now the company is sharing more details of what’s coming in future updates.
According to the announcement, the roadmap of the Outlook app includes several improvements and significant new features, including some so basic as offline support, and users will also be able to connect accounts using the POP3 protocol and bring over PST files. However, the list goes on, as Microsoft has confirmed over two dozen new features:
- Auto capitalization
- Collapsible headers in the message list
- Conditional formatting
- Drag and drop emails and attachments to the desktop
- Preserve declined meetings
- EML file support
- File tab in Outlook search
- Folder reordering
- Inking (Draw tab) while composing an email
- MSG file support
- Offline support
- Outbox folder
- Picture formatting
- POP3 account support
- PST file support
- Message Recall
- Save as for attachments (choose the folder to save to)
- Share local files from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Shared calendar notifications for work accounts
- Teams tab in the search
As expected, Microsoft will continue its efforts to expand its AI technology to every service as possible, and that includes bringing Copilot to Outlook.
Copilot for Outlook will allow users to draft emails and replies, detect those messages that may require your attention more than others, summarize long email threads, reply using context from Word or Excel files, and more.
The new version of the Outlook app replaces the legacy Mail and Calendars apps with a single application that offers a unified experience for emails and calendars. It’s also the experience that will replace the classic Outlook desktop app from Office. The app is basically the web version of Outlook but tailored for the desktop with the ability to add multiple accounts from various providers, including Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and IMAP, and support for the mica material to match the design style of Windows 11.
Alongside the new features, Microsoft also notes that based on feedback, it’s working to continue improving performance and the overall experience of the app. The company even highlighted that in recent updates, the new Outlook app received several improvements, including:
- Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and IMAP account support
- ICS file support
- Message list selection improvements
- Quick steps
- Sort by sender or subject line
- Scheduling across different time zones
- Table styling improvements
- Folder list experience improvements
- Search folders (unread mail, flagged, or sent directly to me)
- Reminders window
- Find related messages (from this sender, in this conversation)
Although the company is sharing more information about the new features coming to the email client application, it’s now saying when these changes will arrive to users.