Advanced Rules Arrives on Outlook.com Giving Users More Power And Control

To keep your inbox in top shape, help you see the mail that matters and to give you more power and control in managing your inbox, Outlook.com released yesterday, four big updates, namely, Advanced Rules, Undo, In-line reply and more personal messaging, aiming to keep your inbox organized, at all times. Although the new features were announced yesterday, they are not here yet, the customers will start receiving these improvements only in the next few weeks.

The newly rolled out features, gives your inbox newer and better ways to do the heavy lifting, become more efficient and help save time.

Advanced Rules
 
With Advanced Rules, the user now has more control over how the emails are filed, bumped to the top of your inbox or sorted. You can create multi-action and multi-condition rules, allowing your inbox to automatically organize itself. Advanced Rules also allow you to customize and combine your existing rules together to best suit your needs. A number of optional conditions, unique to Outlook.com, have also been included, such as time constraints, checking read/unread state of emails, email tallying and checking if the sender is a contact you know. For example, if an unread email is older than 3 days and is from one of your contacts, mark it as important and flag it. This rule brings any emails you might have missed, from real people you know, to the top of your inbox.
 
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Undo
 
Everybody moves emails from one folder to another, and occasionally, one may hit Delete by accident or one may drop an email into the wrong folder. But, now, thanks to the new feature, undoing mistakes in a range of commands, namely, delete, flag, categorize, move, or mark as junk, for a whole group or one email, has become so much easier. Just click the undo button, or type Ctrl+Z, to bring them right back.
 
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In-line reply
 
Using this feature, you can directly respond to an email thread without launching a new view. In-line reply helps you to track your conversations more easily and save time.

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More personal messaging
 
Responding on the several feedbacks from the customers about the difficulty they face when starting a chat session with friends, Outlook.com team has come up with several improvements to the experience and introduces the more personal messaging feature.
 
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Using this feature, now you can:
  • Find recent conversations and other contacts you can chat with in the bottom left of your inbox. One click will launch you straight into a conversation with them
  • If you’re chatting with a friend on one service, but want to continue the talk on another service, now you can switch over from right inside the chat session
  • You can now browse your People by filtering what service they’re using (Skype, Facebook etc.). You can even see who’s currently available; Icons will now appear alongside names, so you know who’s able to Video, Call or just chat.