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Many of us have been using Microsoft Outlook to stay in touch with our clients, vendors, and co-workers for many years. As with all good things, the goal is to keep on getting better and so we must regularly update our computers and their corresponding software. If you are an Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscriber, you will always have the latest version of Microsoft Office installed on your machine, but it can still be hard to keep track of the changes in each update or even notice some of the new features. 

Recently Microsoft has added some fun new Outlook features to boost your efficiency and productivity in the workplace:

  1. Searching for the Search Bar?
    I don't know about your inbox, but mine has thousands of email records. While I keep items organized with filtering rules and folders, it can still be a little overwhelming. When you need to quickly find an important message in your crowded Inbox or folder, utilize the Instant Search. The Instant Search pane has recently been relocated to the top of our Outlook window and is now always available in all of your Outlook folders, such as Mail, Calendar, and Tasks.
  2. Simplified Ribbon
    If you have been using Microsoft Office since 2010 or so, you should be familiar with the "Ribbon". The ribbon has been a staple of all Office applications, and it holds many of your commands. Early this year, To gain valuable screen space Microsoft has now given us an option to use the “Simplified” Ribbon. To change to the simplified ribbon, click the little arrow in the bottom right-hand corner of your Outlook ribbon menu here:

    If you want to change it back, click there again:
    Pro tip: if you’re not sure where to find a feature in either ribbon version, simply type it in “Tell me what you want to do” and it will find your action for you!
  3. A Calendar Makeover

    For maintaining and scheduling meetings, activities, events, and tasks, the Outlook calendar keeps you organized. With the latest visually focused updates, your calendar is easier to scan and lets you see the big picture of your schedule in just a few clicks.

Here are three new Outlook Calendar features that I'm fond of:

  • The Meeting details card has an update that delivers critical information without the extra noise.
  • For those into color-coding coordination, you'll enjoy the bold header, calendar-colored outline and fill, a Time Indicator Bar stretching to the current day and time, as well as shaded past days to increase the focus on today.
  • Whether looking into next week, next month, or next year, there's now a quick dropdown menu to the right of “Week” in the top right corner to see all your Views and switch between them easily.

In addition to these changes, some modifications were done on the backend to prevent crashes and make other small improvements.

Kudos to Microsoft for listening to its users and continually improving the security and usability of this versatile personal information manager.

If have any questions about these updates or Outlook for your business, please feel free to reach out to us at Meeting Tree Computer, we're here to help: (845) 237-2117