Microsoft tests Outlook revamp with cleaner design, better search

Microsoft has begun beta testing a major Outlook.com revamp with a cleaner design, improved search, and other nice improvements. Many users can already try out the new look today, but all user will have access to it within the coming weeks.

This is the third time Microsoft has redesigned Outlook.com since it launched in 2012. The new interface promises an improved conversation view, updates that make reading and adding attachments much faster, and a greater search function that displays messages and people in its results. It will also offer file and photo previews in your conversation list, support for adding GIFs and emojis, and the ability to tag people as favorites.

“Microsoft is also testing out some new smarter inbox features, including the ability to tag restaurants, flight information, or favorite teams’ schedules into emails,” reports The Verge. “If you’re discussing coffee places with a friend, you can quickly add rich details and location information into a conversation.”

As if that wasn’t enough, Microsoft is said to be planning to add even more in the coming months, like calendar updates and improvements for the people section. “Based on your feedback we’ll iterate, improve, refine, or discard them,” says the Outlook team. “At the end of the beta, we’ll bring the best innovations into Outlook.com.”

To try out Outlook.com’s new look, keep an eye out for the “try the beta” toggle when you login. It’s already available to many users, but all will have access to it over the coming weeks. It’s not yet clear when the new design will rollout to all by default.

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