What's new in Outlook 2016 for Windows?

What's new in Outlook 2016 for Windows?

As an Office 365 subscriber, you get new and improved Outlook 2016 features regularly. Take a look below to see what's available to you today. 

Latest updates for Outlook for Windows

See what's new in the August 2018 feature update, Version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

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Turn off forwarding for a meeting

Prevent attendees from forwarding your meetings to others. Just go to the ribbon and click Response Options.

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Latest updates for Outlook Insiders

See what's new for Insiders in Version 1809 (Build 10827.20084), then tell us what you think. Your early feedback is invaluable, so keep it coming!
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A quicker way to add accounts

Thanks to account setup improvements, it's easier than ever to add Outlook.com and Gmail accounts that use 2-factor authentication to Outlook.

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See what's coming soon

Try out new user experiences before they are released broadly and let us know what you think.

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Updated visuals on the ribbon for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Your ribbon icons have a new look

Don't worry, everything works the same. Plus all of the icons look great on screens of all sizes.

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Perfect spelling optional

Don't worry about misspelling search terms. Type what you're looking for and let Outlook take care of any needed spelling corrections.

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Reserving a room just got easier

Look for a conference room using more than one room list, and switch lists without losing rooms you've already selected.

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People suggestions in the Schedule Assistant

See recommendations for attendees to add when you schedule a meeting. No more switching back and forth between the Schedule Assistant and the To line.

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Where to send feedback

We'd love to hear your thoughts about what works, what doesn't, and where you think we can improve. To report issues or send feedback, click File > Feedback from any Office 2016 app. You can also reach us by posting in the Office Insider community or tweeting at @OfficeInsider.

Previous releases

See what's new and improved in the June 2018 feature update, Version 1806 (Build 10228.20080).

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One-click fixes for accessibility issues

The Accessibility Checker is better than ever with updated support for international standards and handy recommendations to make your documents more accessible.

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The more the merrier

Invite others to join a group by sharing a URL or sending an email with an embedded link.

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Add visual impact

Bring visual interest to your documents, worksheets, and presentations by inserting Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) that have filters applied to them.

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See what's new and improved in the May 2018 feature update, Version 1805 (Build 9330.2087).

Hands-free typing

Why type when you can use your voice to write email messages? Just dictate!

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View three time zones

Need to schedule a meeting across time zones? Add multiple time zones to your calendar to easily see everyone's availability and pick a time that works for all.

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Calendar with 3 time zones on the left side and meetings on the right side

Calendar sharing made easy

We heard you! Sharing your calendars is simpler, and calendars shared from Outlook Desktop are now also available in Outlook Mobile. Stay productive and remain timely in the office and on the go!

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Drop-down list of calendars that can be shared

See what's new and improved in the April 2018 feature update, Version 1804 (Build 9226.2114).

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Listen to your emails

When multitasking is in order, let Outlook read your email messages aloud. Now you can keep up with your email while doing other tasks, too.

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Mark messages as read when deleted check box in Outlook OPtions dialog box

Mark emails as read when deleting

If your Deleted Items folder includes unread items, there's now a quick fix to make sure all deleted messages are marked as read.

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Never miss a reminder

Set your reminders to pop up over the windows you're working in. If you prefer something more subtle, Outlook will flash in the taskbar to get your attention.

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See what's new and improved in the March 2018 feature update, Version 1803 (Build 9126.xxxx).

Create a group with fewer clicks

Creating a group is easier than ever. Just provide the basic information and we'll take care of the rest.

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Email sorting made easy

Not using Focused Inbox? We've brought back sorting options and the Unread filter above the message list.

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Know who you'll be meeting with

See people's responses to a meeting request, even if you aren't the meeting organizer.

Meeting with responses to invite from all attendees

See what's new and improved in the July 2017 feature update, Version 1707 (Build 8326.2058).

Automatic download of cloud attachments

When you drag and drop OneDrive attachments from an email message to your computer, we download a copy of the attachment files for you.

Audio cues guide you as you work

Audio cues are sound effects that notify you when options on the screen change, or confirm that an action has taken place, such as an email being sent or received. You can find these and other accessibility tools on the Ease of Access tab in File > Options.

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See what's new and improved in the June 2017 feature update, Version 1706 (Build 8229.2073) .

Focused Inbox

Focused Inbox helps you focus on the emails that matter most to you. It separates your inbox into two tabs—Focused and Other. Your most important emails are on the Focused tab while the rest remain easily accessible—but out of the way—on the Other tab. You’ll be informed about email flowing to Other, and you can switch between tabs at any time to take a quick look.

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