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Rolling out now to all Outlook.com users are four new features intended to make your email life a lot easier: advanced rules for better sorting of emails, an undo feature for the occasional mistake, in-line reply for quicker emails, and improved chat function.
Advanced rules allows users to create multiple kinds of “If, then,” scenarios to better get through the hordes of emails they receive everyday. The example given by Microsoft is: “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 feature will be accessible by clicking the curved arrow in the upper right or by pressing Ctrl + Z. This is for the occasional time when you accidentally delete an email or sort it into the wrong folder.
In-line replies now allow you to reply to an email without opening an entirely new view, which should allow for quicker responses and less time wasted replying to emails.
Outlook’s built in chat feature also saw some improvements. You can now see a grid of people you normally contact in the lower left, and you can click on their picture to chat with them. While chatting, you can now switch between different messaging services from within the same chat session.
Introducing the most sophisticated rules in webmail: http://t.co/g7rBI36xje
— Outlook.com (@Outlook) May 13, 2014
What do you think of this newest update? Does it make Outlook any more appealing to you? Let us know in the comments.