Microsoft has announced that Outlook 2016 for Mac will soon get some of the "most requested features" that its users have been anticipating. It says that in the coming weeks, it will bring four of the top ten requested features among its user base.
These will include:
- A new Send Later feature. Users will be able to write emails and schedule them to be sent at a later time. Once it's scheduled, the email will be sent at the set time, and Microsoft says "you don't even need to have Outlook or your computer open".
- Read and delivery receipts are on the way, confirming that your email has been received and opened. Recipients can decline to send read receipts if they wish to do so.
- Email templates are intended to streamline the process of sending lots of similar messages, without having to compose them from scratch every time you write them.
- Create calendar events and tasks from emails. Microsoft says that you'll be able to "drag and drop emails directly to your calendar" to quickly add appointments to your schedule. Similar functionality will enable users to drag and drop an email to the task view.
- Improved account setup. The process of adding a new account to Outlook 2016 for Mac should be a lot easier in the not-too-distant future. "Now you can simply enter your email address and Outlook detects your account settings and guides you through the process," Microsoft said.
When will these new features actually arrive? Microsoft explained:
The Send Later feature is available to Office Insider Fast users today on version 15.36 (170606) and will be available to all Office 365 subscribers in July. The Request a Delivery and Read receipts, email templates, and creating calendar events and tasks from emails additions are available today to all Office 365 subscribers on version 15.35 (170610). The improved account setup experience is available to all Outlook Mac users on version 15.34 (170515).
You can suggest more new features for future updates via the Outlook UserVoice site.
Source: Office Blogs