Microsoft reveals new People View for Outlook Web App

Late on Wednesday, Microsoft revamped the UI for its various free Office Web Apps, making changes to the title bar and Ribbon interface. Today, the company revealed it will be adding a new feature to its Outlook Web App that will also include a change to its design.

The new addition is called People View, as described by Microsoft's Office blog, and it has been created to give users a better and faster way to access critical emails from their most important contacts.  The People View UI will be placed on the left side of the Outlook Web App and will include  the names of important contacts and their pictures as well.

The blog says:

The number of unread messages from each person in your list appears next to their photo. When you click a person’s photo, the emails from that person in your Inbox are shown in the order received. You can read or respond to individual messages or take other quick actions like delete or flag as important. 

People View also allows users to access bulk actions for each contact, so that emails from individual people can be quickly marked as read. Microsoft says People View has been designed so that it works in the background and learns which contacts a user communicates with the most and then determines the order they appear on the list. If a user stops emailing a contact, that person is eventually removed from the People List. Microsoft says the new feature will be rolled out to Outlook Web App business customers over the next several months.

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Save from email to skydrive, and auto sync photos on android is all I desire! I know the latter can be done with 3rd party apps....

Is this really the web app version? Looks to me like it's the Windows 8 app. Anyway, for the mail view, I hope their decrease the font size a bit

Hethler said,
Is this really the web app version? Looks to me like it's the Windows 8 app. Anyway, for the mail view, I hope their decrease the font size a bit

It's the topright corner zoomed in. The front isnt large at all.

at times like this, it makes me so happy I left gmail and even happier that there is competition. The last time I went to gmail to retrieve and old password, it was like going back to a war zone.

I just wish... I wish... I actually wish Microsoft would fix the change over to Skype. I've lost all my contacts and then only solution is apparently to readd them all individually.

Don't add anything new. Don't improve anything. Get the basics right first... please. I wish... I wish....

That's not related to this. This is for Outlook Web App (OWA) in Office 365 enterprise.

But I do agree, Messenger was perfect and synced flawlessly. The switchover the Skype is an utter disaster.

j2006 said,
That's not related to this. This is for Outlook Web App (OWA) in Office 365 enterprise.

But I do agree, Messenger was perfect and synced flawlessly. The switchover the Skype is an utter disaster.

I think Microsoft doesn't truly own the Skype team. They own Skype on paper but not its heart and soul. I bet the people at Skype hate MS. That or they are 100% incompetent.

ModernMech said,
Can you add pictures to contacts yet? I can't believe this is still not possible.

Microsoft's argument is that people should only be able to add a picture to themselves just like on Facebook. Unfortunately for us Microsoft IDs aren't the same as a social network. Although its less of a problem now that Windows Phone has linked my Microsoft contacts to my facebook contacts, now they have their facebook pictures at least.

-adrian- said,
because everyone must have facebook

Well, all my contacts have either facebook or linked in so for me its no longer a problem. A great deal of people have facebook which is why I said its now 'less of a problem'.

Microsoft's argument is that people should only be able to add a picture to themselves just like on Facebook.

Is that really their argument? Where did you see that? I can add picture on my windows phone and on the people app in windows 8. They even sync between windows phone and windows 8. But they don't sync with outlook.com. Why? What's the rationale?

ModernMech said,

Is that really their argument? Where did you see that? I can add picture on my windows phone and on the people app in windows 8. They even sync between windows phone and windows 8. But they don't sync with outlook.com. Why? What's the rationale?

I read it in one of the threads on the support page of the official MS site. Someone had made a thread about this topic. A Microsoft representative responded that they don't allow adding pictures by choice. They only allow account holders to add pictures to their own accounts.

The Windows Phone team build their own solution but indeed they dont sync to the source. Are you sure they also sync with Windows 8? I was under the impression only 'true' account pictures from Facebook, linkedin, etc synced between platforms. Not the pictures I added to contacts on my phone.

ModernMech said,
Can you add pictures to contacts yet? I can't believe this is still not possible.

I can add photos to my contacts... I'm not sure what you mean? Even if they are imported contacts (from Facebook for example) you simply have to click Edit and creates a Profile in People where you can add a photo and links it to the existing account.

anothercookie said,
Twitter, Microsoft Accounts, and Skype are also supported for pics, I am not sure if Linkedin is supported or not.

LinkedIn is supported too

j2006 said,

I can add photos to my contacts... I'm not sure what you mean? Even if they are imported contacts (from Facebook for example) you simply have to click Edit and creates a Profile in People where you can add a photo and links it to the existing account.

Same here. I do this all the time...

j2006 said,

I can add photos to my contacts... I'm not sure what you mean? Even if they are imported contacts (from Facebook for example) you simply have to click Edit and creates a Profile in People where you can add a photo and links it to the existing account.

Really? If I'm on on people.live.com and click on a contact, and I click "Edit" I have the following options:

Name
Email
Address
Phone
Other

Is it hiding somewhere?