A few days ago, Microsoft introduced a new beta version of Outlook.com - its web-based e-mail, calendar and task management service. It sports a fresh design, a smarter inbox, and better personalization. Finally, the service is now available to everyone.
The Redmond giant today made the announcement that the beta program is now open for everyone. The public beta of Outlook.com comes with the following key changes.
A faster experience
We’re implementing a more responsive web development framework that delivers an upgraded search feature, a fresher look with a modern conversation style and a new design to let you see, read, and attach files and photos faster.
A smarter inbox
Your inbox now shows you Quick Suggestions as you type—so you can easily add information about restaurants, flights, or your favorite teams’ schedules to your conversations. An improved photo experience puts all the pictures sent or received in your email in one place and makes it easier to share them with others. The new modern conversation style makes it easier to manage and preview photos and attachments.
You can personalize your inbox with your favorite people and folders to make it easier to find the friends, files, and conversations that matter to you and give your communications a personal touch with an easier way to access tons of expressions, including popular emojis and GIFs right inside Outlook.
To join the beta program, use the toggle switch which appears on the top right corner of your inbox. If you don't see it right now, you’ll see it in the next few weeks. It's easy to move between the beta and the regular Outlook.com experience by switching the toggle back and forth.
Image of the Try the beta toggle button and a dialog prompting user to try it now.