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You Can Now Try the New Beta

Dave Parrack 09-08-2017

Microsoft has been busy improving, making significant changes to the UI and introducing several new features. The company is now keen to release the new Outlook into the wild. However, the new features clearly need to be tested first, which is where you come in.


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The Beta Is Now Live

Microsoft has launched the beta. This is “an opt-in web experience where you can try out new product innovations and let us [Microsoft] know what you think.” The company has made some improvements to and is eager to learn what users think of them.

The first set of changes include an upgraded search function, the option to see and attach files faster, suggestions as to what to add to your emails, smarter photo management, more robust customization options, and the ability to add GIFs and emojis to emails without much effort.

To join the beta you just need to toggle the “Try the beta” option once it appears in the top right-hand corner of your inbox. You can switch between the current version and the beta version at will. This means you can check back regularly to see what changes Microsoft is making.

Microsoft is rolling the beta out slowly, so if you haven’t yet got the option to give it a try you should see it appear within the next few weeks. The onus is then on you to give Microsoft your opinion on the beta, with the company promising to “read every piece of feedback”.


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Do you use What made you choose Outlook over Gmail or Yahoo Mail? Will you be trying the new beta? Or will you be opting out? What features would you like to see Microsoft add to Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Gwen Ely
    August 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Where is my delete button? There is no option now but mark as read, and I opted to not try Beta now, so does that trigger something that makes my whole hotmail go useless?

  2. Darrell Turner
    August 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I started using Outlook (again) after their last redesign and it's my favorite interface. It works very well for my purpose.

  3. Colin
    August 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    My laptop was blue screening for months driving me crazy. All those silly driver update programs are a waste of money and are mostly frauds. I eventually after trying most ideas from online and getting knowhere just deleting old programs that were not compatible with win10 and stopped using multiple virus programs and lastly updated what a could manually and problem gone.

  4. Albert
    August 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    My work requires me to generate tasks. I need a robust task module in I need the full functionality of the Task Module in the desktop version of Outlook. In my opinion, the combination of Outlook 2016 and Onenote 2016 are an unbeatable PIM, Personal Information Manager.
    Mgr. Circulation, Darby Free Library, Darby Pa.

  5. Virginia Borders
    August 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I'm an 86-yr old female. I would really, really like to have Outlook Express back. That was the best email ever, and all my dinosaur email buddies think so, too. I have one buddy who is still using Windows XP just for the ability to use Outlook Express for his daily Newsletters. Right now I'm signed up with Yahoo, Gmail and Mozilla's Thunderbird, none of which even come close to the old Express. I tried Outlook. Didn't like it. I may give the new Outlook a try, tho.