Microsoft on acting faster with emails in Outlook 2013

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."

Source: Outlook blog | Image via Microsoft

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I still can't add anyone as a favorite contact, and I find it way to slow clicking between calendar and email. Anyone else have these issues? Otherwise, love testing the free software.

"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."
Maybe if Microsoft had realized this before desgning Windows 8, the Metro interface would have taken a different direction when using it with keyboard and mouse. At the moment, the experience is really subpar. A good example of this is the new Outlook.com interface on the web. It is a fantastic example of a stellar Metro interface developed for use with keyboard and mose, with rich funtionality.
Then, when you launch the metro mail application on Windows 8, it is like having to take an ice cold shower: the functionality is below that of any mail desktop application ever developed, the interaction with keyboard and mouse is just atrocious.
Here's one example:
-In windows 3, there was a toolbar always visible on screen. To take an action on an email meant moving your mouse up to the toolbar and click
- Starting windows 95 (I think), the right click menu was introduced. You could right click and perform the action without moving your mouse.
- Now in Windows 8 metro experience for mouse, you have to move your mouse all the way to the bottom of the screen, then rightclick, then look for commands both at the far right and far left, then move your mouse back to the message list, then do this again for the next item.
Just utterly horrible.

John,

I don't normally comment on things like this, but since mid-July neowin seems to be dominated with reposts from the Microsoft blog on Office 2013 features. Instead of reposting each one, maybe we can just all read the changelog when it goes to RTM?

Date Title
28-Sep-12 Microsoft on acting faster with emails in Outlook 2013
25-Sep-12 Microsoft details Outlook 2013 message list improvements
20-Sep-12 Word 2013 image layout features detailed
15-Sep-12 Microsoft talks about online Word 2013 presentations
07-Sep-12 Word 2013 gets stylish with new features
01-Sep-12 Microsoft talks about new table features in Word 2013
29-Aug-12 Microsoft on kinder, gentler revision features in Word 2013
28-Aug-12 Office 2013 Click-to-Run install plans detailed
24-Aug-12 Microsoft on adding online video to Word 2013 documents
24-Aug-12 Microsoft talks about theme families in PowerPoint 2013
22-Aug-12 Microsoft talks about new layout features in Word 2013
21-Aug-12 Microsoft on Windows 8 touch features in Office Web Apps
16-Aug-12 Microsoft talks about touch features in Word 2013
14-Aug-12 Microsoft shines a light on IT management of Office Apps
11-Aug-12 Microsoft talks about converting PDF files to Word files in Word 2013
08-Aug-12 Microsoft talks about reading with Word 2013
08-Aug-12 Microsoft talks about Publisher in Office 2013
07-Aug-12 Apps for Office 2013 and SharePoint detailed
03-Aug-12 Microsoft offers more info on Outlook Web App
02-Aug-12 Microsoft talks more about new Excel Interactive Button
31-Jul-12 Word 2013 features detailed by Microsoft
30-Jul-12 SkyDrive features for Office 2013 detailed
26-Jul-12 Office 2013 reading features in Word detailed
25-Jul-12 Microsoft offers more info on updated Excel Web App
25-Jul-12 New social networking features for Office 2013 detailed
20-Jul-12 Microsoft offers more info on Excel 2013
19-Jul-12 More info revealed on Office 2013 touch screen features
17-Jul-12 Outlook 2013 does not support Exchange 2003
17-Jul-12 Microsoft talks more about Office 2013 app and store plans
17-Jul-12 Microsoft Office 2013 cloud features detailed

Mith said,
John,

I don't normally comment on things like this, but since mid-July neowin seems to be dominated with reposts from the Microsoft blog on Office 2013 features. Instead of reposting each one, maybe we can just all read the changelog when it goes to RTM?


(Why did you even read this post?!)
First, I open up Neowin every morning is to read about things related to Microsoft and others. I like it that Neowin posts news from around the web. It makes it easier for me... I don't need to browse to 10 websites to get what I want.

Second, I find it very nice that Microsoft blogs about changes in their software. They're being open with us, the customers, and they're ready to listen also!
Remember the Visual Studio Express fiasco? They wrote that they're not going to update some version, the net got mad at them, Microsoft listened and changed their mind about that. Win-Win situation!
If Neowin and other sites wouldn't have blogged about it, only those who read the blog at Microsoft would know and make little noise. It wouldn't make the same result....

Good day!

Mith said,
since mid-July neowin seems to be dominated with reposts from the Microsoft blog on Office 2013 features. Instead of reposting each one, maybe we can just all read the changelog when it goes to RTM?

Thats a great idea. It's not like Neowin is a news site and should be reporting these changes or anything. We all just need to bookmark tons of software company sites and read the changelogs. Forget news sites! Why didn't i think of this sooner!!

I love the click on the X to delete messages. I just discovered yesterday that clicking on the left hand border marks it as unread. Also a good feature.

Hopefully, they finally decide to improve security with a proper authenticator. Till then, I'm sticking to Gmail and keeping Hotmail/Outlook as a secondary.