Outlook.com gets new features, brings 'undo' button to your inbox

Microsoft’s Outlook.com email platform has been growing steadily since its launch in July 2012. With close integration to your social media accounts and even Skype, Microsoft has turned Outlook.com into a portal for communication.

Not to be outdone by Gmail redesign rumors, Microsoft is introducing new features for its premier email service.  Over the next few weeks, your Outlook.com account will have access to advanced rule sets that allow you to meticulously create rules to make your most important emails, more noticeable.

For example, you can set an email that is older than three days from one of your contacts to be flagged as ‘important’. It's quite obvious why this is helpful as we all miss important emails from mom every so often and this rule-set makes these types of emails more visible.

Have you ever accidently moved an email to the trash or to another folder on accident? Yeah, we have too. Another new feature will be an "undo" button that will, as the name implies, allow you to undo an action. Sadly, the button will not recall sent emails that you wrote at 3 a.m. after a night out on the town.

In-line reply will also be coming to Outlook.com, which allows you to reply to an email within the same window as the message. This is a welcomed feature, as it makes reading and replying to email faster and is a bit less jarring for the user as they don’t have to be tossed into another section of the platform.

These are a few small features that will help to make Outlook.com a more viable email platform for the masses. Sure, none of these items will be considered revolutionary for an email service but with each update, the evolution of the platform moves a few steps forward.

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Steven P. said,
GMail has an undo send, and undo action but the undo send has to be enabled in Google Labs tab in the Settings.

Does it also have to be something sent to a gmail account? Or do they hold your mail for a couple minutes before sending?

With all of the issues within O365, and the new Office environment ( and I know this really has nothing to do with Outlook.com ) they should be investing more time in fixing the major issues with desktop applications, not improving OWA. That is a work-around and a cope out.

Can someone tell me how did Messaging get on the bottom left side of the screen on the photo above the article. I have never seen it on the left side, but always on the right side.

There should be an option to undo send e-mail - just delay the actual send by one minute or so and (obviously) let users decide whether they want this feature or not.

techbeck said,
Hope it doesnt end. Means better things for the consumers when companies do this. :)

Competition for the consumer! =)

deadonthefloor said,
Outlook.com becoming more like gmail.

gMail becoming more like Outlook.com

it never ends.

Outlook.com becoming more like Windows mail client and Outlook client actually.

ians18 said,
An undo button, yay! Seriously, that is good.

But, according to the description above, it simply undoes the moving of emails between folders or the trash bin (which is just another folder), which you've always been able to do (until the trash is automatically emptied, in the latter case). This isn't exactly groundbreaking.

_dandy_ said,

But, according to the description above, it simply undoes the moving of emails between folders or the trash bin (which is just another folder), which you've always been able to do (until the trash is automatically emptied, in the latter case). This isn't exactly groundbreaking.

I thought it had undo send functionality :p LOL

Nice to see them adding features other clients have had. Will make them more compeditive and force others to give more as well.

I recently switched my Live accounts to use Outlook.com. They were using my Yahoo account for the longest time. Just reorging things a little and nice to have these changes since I will be using Outlook.com a little more often.

techbeck said,
Nice to see them adding features other clients have had. Will make them more compeditive and force others to give more as well.

I recently switched my Live accounts to use Outlook.com. They were using my Yahoo account for the longest time. Just reorging things a little and nice to have these changes since I will be using Outlook.com a little more often.

I am trying to migrate from my gmail account to my outlook account now. I like it so far =). It takes a bit to get use too but setting up triggers for emails are simple so that is a plus =).