New Features In Outlook 2016

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Figure 1 – Add-in features for Outlook.com and Outlook 2016, and 2013

Microsoft has been adding new features to Outlook throughout 2016.  In early October, the newest feature was added – Create Events From Email.

Here is what it does:

Outlook can now automatically create events from email messages you receive with flight, hotel, car, or dinner reservations or package delivery and tracking information. No more booking a flight and then adding the flight details to your calendar manually. All events created are marked private, so only you can see them. For more information, see Automatically add travel, restaurant, and package delivery events to your calendar.

In an earlier release, Microsoft added a feature that I really like called, “Use @ to get someone’s attention”.  You can see how to use it in the information below.

If you’d like to get someone’s attention in an email message or a meeting invite, you can type the @ symbol followed by their name in the body of the email message or a meeting invite. If you do, not only will their name be highlighted in the message body or invite details, but Outlook will automatically add them to the To line of the email or meeting invite. For more information, see Use @ to get someone’s attention.

And the best feature is the “Tell Me what you want to do box”.  With the changes, some tasks may now require a bit more explanation or help. 

To use this box,  enter a search for a certain task, function or question you’ll see a wide variety of options. If it’s a quick task Outlook will try to let you take care of it right from the Tell Me pane. If it’s a more complex question, we’ll show you help that we think best matches your needs. Try it out to see how fast you can find what you’re looking for and get things done.

Some of these features will work in Outlook.com as well as in Outlook 2016. 

Don’t forget to check out all of the Outlook Add-Ins that are now available.

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