Outlook for Mac gets another update in Office Insider Fast ring, adding email templates

Last week, Microsoft released a new preview of Outlook 2016 for Mac bringing a range of improvements to the application. That update, version 15.34 (170404), was made available to those enrolled in the Fast ring of the Office Insider Program.

Another Fast ring preview is now available for Outlook for Mac, bumping the version number up to 15.34 (170411). It includes just one new feature, but Microsoft says it's been "one of the top requests" on its UserVoice site.

With that update, users will now be able to save an email as a template, and create new emails from existing saved templates on their systems. Due to the different email template formats used on Windows (.oft) and Mac (.emltpl), you can't directly open templates designed for one system on the other - but you can follow these steps to convert templates between them:

  1. Open the saved template in Outlook for Mac
  2. Save the template as a draft in Outlook for Mac
  3. Sync the draft to the server, and then open the draft in Outlook for Windows
  4. Save the draft email as template in Outlook for Windows

It's worth emphasizing that this feature is only available to those in the Office Insider Program Fast ring, which requires an Office 365 subscription. That's important, because Microsoft launched a separate, standalone Outlook for Mac preview this week, which does not require Office 365.

Source: Microsoft

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