It's quite a task to keep track of all the updates focused on you on Outlook, especially when you're interacting with a sizeable number of people. Microsoft is aware of the difficulty many users face and is working on a new feature to make things easier for Outlook users to keep track of every update focused on them.
According to Microsoft 365 Roadmap page, Microsoft is actively working on a new Notifications pane for Outlook users on Windows. The new Notifications pane is being developed with the purpose of helping users stay connected with updates focused on them. In simple words, the Notifications pane will be home to all your important updates, including @mentions.
Although we're not familiar with the UI, the new place where you'll get all your @mentions could open from either side of the display. It could be very similar to Outlook's 'My Day' pane. We'll soon get to know about all of that when Microsoft releases the feature.
As for when it will be available, Microsoft says the Notifications pane will be available for Office Insiders in the Current Channel on the Windows desktop, with general availability happening in June. However, it's worth noting that Microsoft may change its plans and push the release to a later date. The company has done it before, so we cannot rule out the possibility.
If you're an Outlook user, do you think a dedicated place where you get all the updates related to you can help you be more productive? Hit the comments and let us know your thoughts.
Source: Microsoft 365 Roadmap