In a previous blog post, Microsoft talked about the new message list features it is putting into Outlook 2013 in order to make previewing emails an easier and faster experience. Now Microsoft is showing how the next version of its email client can also allow users to take faster action on the emails in that message list.
In a new blog post, Microsoft says, not surprisingly, that the delete action is the most used when Outlook owners check their message list, saying, "In fact, it’s so common it accounts for around three quarters of all actions!" In Outlook 2013, Microsoft decided to put in a delete button on the message list itself. Users won't have to select a specific email to delete it from the list.
Microsoft has also removed the categorize quick click button from the message list, with Microsoft claiming only a few Outlook users bother to categorize their mail. Outlook 2013 also lets users mark emails as either read or unread with a single click in the message list.
Microsoft also says that the delete, flag, or unread buttons on the message list won't show up for Outlook 2013 versions that are made for a touch screen-based device like a tablet. Microsoft says, "There are major differences in the way people interact with a mouse versus their fingers, and we quickly learned that what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other."
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