Monday, June 27, 2022

The new Outlook for Mac [MS]

This article tells you everything you can expect from the all-new Outlook for Mac. 

For more information about the new Outlook for Mac functionality you can check Get help with new Outlook for Mac.

Requirements

  • macOS version 10.14 (Mojave) and later.

  • Outlook version based on update channel:

    • 16.42 (20101102) and later for Current Channel.

    • 16.40 (20073000) and later for Current Channel (Preview). 

    • 16.32 (19110306) and later for Beta Channel.

  • A Microsoft 365 Exchange Online, Outlook.com, Google, iCloud, Yahoo, POP or IMAP account.

    • Support for Yahoo and IMAP is now available in Current Channel version 16.46 (21021202+).

    • Support for POP is now available in Current Channel version 16.50 (21061300+).

  • For other requirements, refer to System requirements for Office.

How to try the new experience

Open Outlook, then turn on the New Outlook switch.

Try the new experience

How to switch back to Legacy Outlook

At any time, you can switch back by launching Outlook, then click on the Help menu and select Revert to Legacy Outlook.

How To Switch Back

Before switching back, you'll have the opportunity to provide feedback on the experience and to create an in-app reminder for when additional features become available.

What's new in Outlook for Mac - Highlights

The new Outlook has many new features and improved experiences, including:
 

Customizable toolbar

Choose commands to display in the Toolbar. In the Toolbar, select the more icon More options, then Customize Toolbar… .

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Improved search

Search is now powered by Microsoft Search and has better results and suggestions. Click in the Search field or use keyboard shortcut  Shift+Command+F to search.

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My Day

See your daily Calendar agenda from a new task pane in the main window for Mail. Select Task Pane in the View menu or use keyboard shortcut  Shift+Command+] to open it.

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Suggested times

When creating events, get suggested meeting times based on your recipients' availability.

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Improved meeting responses

Respond to meeting invites directly from the Reading pane. You can choose to email a message to the organizer and respond with your RSVP.

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Microsoft 365 Groups in Mail & Calendar

View all your Microsoft 365 Groups in Mail and Calendar views. In Mail, Groups are located under the Groups node for your account. In Calendar, Groups are located below your calendar folders.

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Nested compose in the Reading Pane

Reply to messages without opening a new compose window. Select Reply, Reply All, or Forward in the Reading pane, Toolbar, or Message menu or use keyboard shortcuts  Command+R, Shift+Command+R, or Command+J.

Reply button in outlook for Mac.

Improved event scheduling

Create events by selecting a time block in the calendar grid. Add event details, including attendees and locations, and view attendee availability directly in the mini-calendar. For meetings with large numbers of attendees, use the Scheduling Assistant.

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Snooze

Snooze lets you to temporarily remove an email from your inbox and scheduling it to reappear later, when you're able to respond.

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Working elsewhere

Give colleagues more insight into your availability by setting Working Elsewhere as your calendar status for events or appointments.

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3-day Calendar view

The new 3-day view in Calendar helps you see more meeting and event details when you have a full schedule.

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Mail Tips

Outlook now displays MailTips to help you avoid common, but potentially costly or embarrassing, mistakes. MailTips alerts can be triggered by actions including clicking Reply All to a large recipient list, sending sensitive information to someone outside your organization, or sending a message to someone who is out of the office.

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Recent Updates

Here's a list of features that recently rolled out to the new Outlook for Mac.

Features

Channels

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Resend Message

Production

Quickly resend the same message again.

Add-ins auto-pinning

Production

Recently installed Add-ins are automatically pinned to the toolbar to boost discoverability.

Addins 1.10 API and Autorun support

Production

More API support for Add-ins, including Autorun capability

Sync Contacts folders

Production

Contacts in subfolders are now displayed via Categories (also shipping in Mobile)

Online Archive

Production

Online Archive is now available in the sidebar. Users can either manually move messages from the primary mailbox to Online Archive mailbox or use retention policies or rules to archive messages automatically.

Filter by Category

Production

Filter your email by Category

POP Account Support

Production

Added support of POP Accounts

MIP Improvements

Production

Support for sensitivity label capabilities

.VCF file Import / Export

Production

Import and export vCards

Calendar Suggestions

Production

See calendar suggestions when using the Search bar

Email Suggestions

Production

See email suggestions when using the Search bar

File Suggestions

Production

See file suggestions when using the Search bar

Best Match

Production

We suggest the most relevant top three results for your Search query

Coming soon

We always have features in active development and some of these will be available in the new Outlook experience later this year. 

  • Contact lists

  • Local Folders

  • On-Prem Exchange Account Support

  • Export/Import of .olm and .pst files

  • Rich flagging, mark complete & set reminders

  • Notes & Tasks views not natively available

For more information check out our Feature Parity Page.

Features in development first show up for Office Insiders

Note: Outlook in the App Store is not currently eligible for Office Insiders.

Known issues

The product team knows about and is investigating the following issues in the new Outlook for Mac.

  • Events and contacts can't be moved or copied between accounts.

  • Unable to use "Send as" or "Send on behalf of" an Office 365 Group

  • No sound notifications

  • Unable to create or sync local Contacts or Calendars for IMAP Direct sync and IMAP Cloud cache accounts.

  • Can't duplicate event using shortcut Option + drag and drop.

  • IMAP CloudCache accounts are not syncing sent emails in the Sent Folder

  • Not adding recipients to the recent address list

  • Personal Information field for IMAP CC does not sync Full Name and is grayed out.

  • Selected Items Count in Inbox is not available.

  • Rules shows a "Rules not supported for this account" message for some GCC environment.

  • Link to Tasks does not work in GCC-H environments

Reporting issues and providing feedback

There are various ways to report issues and provide feedback to help improve the experience.

Contact Support

Please report issues using Contact Support in the Help menu.

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After opening a support request, a help icon will appear next to the New Outlook switch to provide easy access to the current request.

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Additionally, when a support agent provides a response, a red badge will appear on the help icon along with the macOS notification.

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Feature requests

Please vote for feature requests using Give Feedback in the Help menu. 

Set preferences for the new Outlook for Mac

Administrators and other IT professionals can plan, implement, and maintain deployments of the new Outlook for Mac with a standard set of preferences described in the Office for Mac admin deployment guide.

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