Today, we’re launching the Outlook.com beta, an opt-in web experience where you can try out new product innovations and let us know what you think. Recent advances in programming, design, and artificial intelligence have enabled our engineers and designers to improve the Outlook.com web experience in several areas—and we’re eager to get your feedback. If you enjoy being a part of what’s next, just click the Try the beta toggle, rolling out to all users in the next few weeks. You can test drive our new experience and switch back to the regular web experience any time.
Here’s a look at what’s new:
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 new look with upgraded search that previews files and photos right in your conversation list.
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.
Get Quick Suggestions for places as you type, so you can easily add details to your emails.
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.
A variety of emojis and GIFs are available to add personality to your messages.
Additional enhancements will be rolled out over the next few months, including updates to Calendar and People. Based on your feedback, we’ll iterate, improve, refine, or discard them. At the end of the beta, we’ll bring the best innovations into Outlook.com.
How do I get started?
Today, we started rolling out the Try the beta toggle. You can access the Outlook.com beta as soon as you see the toggle switch appear on the top right corner of your inbox. If you don’t see it 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.
Find the Try the beta toggle on the top right of your inbox.
If you want to be a part of the evolution of Outlook.com, this is your chance. Just switch the toggle on the top right corner of your inbox and join us. We will be posting updates on new and updated features in our Outlook.com beta support article, so check it regularly to stay up-to-date with the latest changes.
We read every piece of feedback that we receive, so please send us your thoughts through UserVoice.
—The Outlook team
Frequently asked questions
Q. Why don’t I see the beta toggle?
A. We are rolling out the beta and it could take some time to reach all our users. If you are an Outlook.com Premium customer, please read the Learn about the Outlook.com beta support article.
Q. Who can join the beta?
A. Any Outlook.com user who sees the Outlook beta toggle in their inbox can join.
Q. Where can I learn more about the beta and keep up with updates?
A. You can get all the details in the Outlook.com beta support article.
Q. Can I switch back from the beta?
A. Yes. You can always switch back to the regular Outlook.com web experience by switching back the Try the beta toggle.
Q. I don’t see some of my favorite features in the beta. Will you be adding features later?
A. Yes, we’ll continue to add more features in the beta over time—stay tuned.
Q. Why can’t I see add-ins?
A. We are working to bring add-ins to the beta. The Outlook.com beta update history article will keep you up-to-date on what is new.
Q. How long will the beta last?
A. We’re not sure! We’ll try new things, get your feedback, and keep iterating. When the beta has served its purpose, we’ll wind it down.
Q. How do I opt in?
A. Switch the toggle located on the top right corner of your inbox. Read Learn about the Outlook.com beta for details.
Q. Will this impact any of my data or how Outlook.com synchronizes with my phone?
A. No. The Outlook.com beta is focused on new UI and web features; the way your phone syncs up is unchanged.
Q. Will there be new Calendar and People experiences in the beta?
A. Yes. We’ll roll out new experiences to those areas in the coming months.
Q. I have issues with the beta.
A. Please see Get help with the Outlook.com beta, and if your issue isn’t mentioned there, let us know. Remember, you can always switch back to the regular Outlook.com web experience by switching back the Try the beta toggle.