Microsoft announced on Tuesday the addition of new Advanced Rules, new Undo functionality, in-line replies, and more personal messaging. It calls its advanced rules the most sophisticated rules in webmail.
Users can create multi-condition and multi-action rules, and set their inboxes to organize automatically. Advanced rules can be combined with existing rules and customized. There are some optional conditions that come with the rules, including constraints, email tallying, checking read/unread state of emails, and checking if the sender is a contact you know.
Microsoft gives this example:
If an unread email is older than 3 days and is from one of your contacts, mark it as important and flag it.
The new undo functionality is available with the following commands: delete, categorize, flag, mark as junk, and move. It works for one email or for a whole group. Just click the undo button or hit Ctrl+Z.
The in-line reply feature lets you directly respond to an email thread without launching a new view.
“One thing we heard from customers was that starting a chat session with friends wasn’t as easy to find as it could be, so we’ve made several improvements to the experience,” says Mike Schackwitz on the Outlook.com blog. Find recent conversations and other contacts you can chat with in the bottom left of your inbox. One click will launch you straight into a conversation with them; If you’re chatting with a friend on one service, but want to continue the talk on another service, now you can switch over from right inside the chat session.”
“You can now browse your People by filtering what service they’re using (Skype, Facebook etc.),” he adds. “You can even see who’s currently available–Icons will now appear alongside names, so you know who’s able to Video, Call or just chat.”
All the features are rolling out over the course of the next few weeks.
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