Outlook.com's new features start to roll-out

Microsoft recently announced that Outlook.com would be getting a couple of new features in the coming weeks. The most anticipated feature was the new Archive option which now is live for a lucky few.

Along with the new archive option, the Outlook.com team has expanded the color pallet as well.  These options are live in some parts of the world at the moment, but as of about 9AM EST, we do not have the features here in the US. In addition, the Calendar has yet to be updated as well for all users.

The new archive option will be a welcomed addition for those moving from Gmail to Outlook as they will now find the transition even easier with this feature. We have long requested Microsoft include an archive option and with the feature now live in some parts of the world, the service is taking one more giant step towards besting Gmail on every front.

Othere users are also chiming in that they are starting to see some, but not all of the new features hitting their accounts too; we suspect the feature is rolling out across the platform will but will take time to propegate. Let us know if you see the Archive and new color options on your Outlook.com account. 

Thanks for the tip Leoberto!

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ValaXx said,
And where is the promised Skype?

What are you talking about? Skype is already available at the Store on Windows 8. Install it and play it on your Windows 8. Skype doesn't come bundled with Outlook.com.

Unless you have Windows 7, you can get Skype app like other apps you usually install.

no updates for me in the UK yet. It must truly be selective.

I was lamenting that I now have a gmail and outlook mail accounts. I would prefer one but with the quality of both pretty equal for me I'm at a loss..

Ahmed Alrasheed said,
full offline support, and replace the stupid metro app with a link to this one

like it or not metro apps here to stay

rfirth said,

That's ok. But make the metro app look like Outlook.com.

The metro apps such as Mail, Messages, photos etc are very poor. They're so basic and lacking features that its actually painful to use them at times.

My dad who is 80, actually just pinned his webmail to the start screen.
The lack of file sending in messenger is a huge problem, you can't even use the charms bar to share a photo from the photo library...
And importing videos and pictures from a camera? Yeah they'll ALL go into the photo's library even the videos making it next to impossible to find or play them back without faffing around.

It's a shame, that these basic apps, part of the core of what Windows 8 supposed to be about have been released with so little features. It honestly makes me wonder if Microsoft actually used them or simply reverted back to the desktop like everyone else is going to have to do.

I really do like Windows 8 and some of the apps are great, but its bad par on Microsoft's part.

rfirth said,

That's ok. But make the metro app look like Outlook.com.


its not the look im interested in its the features they need to add more features to metro apps

cool addition keep up the good work i can't remember when was the last time i used gmail seems like outlook team formatted that option from my mind haha

got it. I so like outlook.com over gmail. but it remains web mail meaning it is fundamentally flawed and laggy. nothing is ever going to rival native mail clients, sorry web guys, you're 2 decades behind a proper UX

neonspark said,
got it. I so like outlook.com over gmail. but it remains web mail meaning it is fundamentally flawed and laggy. nothing is ever going to rival native mail clients, sorry web guys, you're 2 decades behind a proper UX

I've seen this same crap on here before... maybe it was you again.

Many Metro/Modern UI apps are made with HTML5/JavaScript (same on Android too) and they use the IE10 engine to render them. If something is laggy then it has nothing to do with it being on the web. It's the fact you're using a crap PC or a browser with poor GPU accleration (try IE10 instead). And almost any UI possible with apps can be done on the web.

1Pixel said,

I've seen this same crap on here before... maybe it was you again.

Many Metro/Modern UI apps are made with HTML5/JavaScript (same on Android too) and they use the IE10 engine to render them. If something is laggy then it has nothing to do with it being on the web. It's the fact you're using a crap PC or a browser with poor GPU accleration (try IE10 instead). And almost any UI possible with apps can be done on the web.

I would tend to agree that web-based interfaces are worse than native clients, but when I say native clients I'm referring to full programs such as Thunderbird or Outlook.

When are they finally going to update their calendar? Makes the whole thing look so unfinished....

Obry said,
When are they finally going to update their calendar? Makes the whole thing look so unfinished....
It is unfinished.... outlook.com is still in beta! This is why you still have the option in the gear menu to switch back to Hotmail. Switch back! Then it won't look so unifnished.

Matt Hardwick said,
still no IMAP, a feature I would gladly pay for. That is the single only reason I still use gmail.

You have Exchange ActiveSync with push notifications. Why do you need IMAP?

Matt Hardwick said,
still no IMAP, a feature I would gladly pay for. That is the single only reason I still use gmail.

can't use exchange/ active sync settings?

Cyborg_X said,

can't use exchange/ active sync settings?

For me, I can't use it because with Exchange Active Sync, it doesn't let me drag and drop emails from another account to my Outlook.com account in the actual Outlook software client in Windows. If it were Exchange or IMAP, I would definitely make it my primary email.

Matt Hardwick said,
still no IMAP, a feature I would gladly pay for. That is the single only reason I still use gmail.

What do you want IMAP for? If it's outlook, then it's not needed, because it uses deltasync.

eddman said,

What do you want IMAP for? If it's outlook, then it's not needed, because it uses deltasync.

Well desktop third-party clients don't work with Exchange ActiveSync for a start.

testman said,
Well desktop third-party clients don't work with Exchange ActiveSync for a start.
And for some reason my android phone isn't updating over activesync when I've read an e-mail

I wonder what the Calender update is going to be like, either the best thing ever or one hell of an undertaking that you don't want to mess up because people depend on it for important appointments etc. so get it right first time.

WooHoo!!! said,
I wonder what the Calender update is going to be like, either the best thing ever or one hell of an undertaking that you don't want to mess up because people depend on it for important appointments etc. so get it right first time.

Likely it will be very similar to the Calendar app in Windows 8.

dagamer34 said,

Likely it will be very similar to the Calendar app in Windows 8.
Or the calendar portion of the Outlook desktop app more likely.

I just signed up to reserve my email, but I'm going to stick with Gmail for the foreseeable future. There are several things I don't like about Microsofts offering. I'll wait to see if they are ever fixed.

spacer said,
I just signed up to reserve my email, but I'm going to stick with Gmail for the foreseeable future. There are several things I don't like about Microsofts offering. I'll wait to see if they are ever fixed.
Like what? Just curious for what I'm missing.

I would prefer an updated calendar instead of the Archive option right now, but it will come eventually.

I haven't seen the new options or themes in Mexico yet.

Lerosbeef said,
I still have a @msn.com account that I can't even upgrade to outlook.com!

Sign in to your @msn.com account then go to outlook.com and you will be given the outlook interface.

Got a "Sorry, there seems to be a problem with Outlook right now" when I was able to get on 30 minutes ago. Good sign they are rolling out the update now...

Can get into outlook as of a minute ago, but, not upgraded. Poop. I guess we should expect service problems all day as they figure out how they are doing this.