Microsoft first announced Outlook.com beta in August 2017, promising faster performance, new 'smart inbox' features, and enhanced emoji and GIF support. Five months later, Microsoft added the Calendar section of the service to the beta program, with the release of a new look. Today, the company announced in a blog post that both Calendar and People will receive new beta experiences while the new Mail experience will start rolling out to all Outlook.com users in the coming weeks.
Without the need to toggle the beta option, all users will soon experience the new Mail interface with speedier performance and improved Skype integration, as can be seen from the cover image above. Also, the update will bring a simplified add-in experience with new ways to access add-ins, such as Boomerang, Evernote, and PayPal, as well as easier ways to categorize and filter emails.
The Calendar beta experience will still need to be activated through the beta toggle, which will now be available to everyone. This new release of Calendar brings a more responsive interface similar to that offered by Mail, the ability to add an event in just a few clicks, and icons to help identify events faster.
The new People beta experience will bring quicker access to favorite people and easier ways to view, edit, and create contacts. The update includes a refreshed profile card that will be introduced across Microsoft products, including Mail, and the ability to assign a photo to your contact using the new photo control.
Finally, an enriched People and Mail integration is under development to allow users to easily send emails through People or to find recent conversations and attachments from a specific contact through Mail. All People-related new features will also need to be activated through the beta toggle.
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