What's new in Outlook 2013

The first thing you’ll see when you open Outlook is a brand new look. It’s cleaner, but it’s also designed to help you focus on what’s important with a clear view of email, calendars, and contacts.

Tip   Looking for information about Outlook 2010? Add "Outlook 2010" to your search phrase, or see What's new in Microsoft Outlook 2010.

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What's new in Outlook 2013

To learn how you can start working with emails, tasks or appointments, and calendars in Outlook 2013, see Basic tasks in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2013 Quick Start Guide.

Important   Some features aren't available in Office 2013 RT applications. Want to see what version of Office you're using?

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Tame your inbox

Preview messages in the message list

Know at a glance which messages to read and tackle first.

Preview messages in the message list

Respond faster with inline replies

Reply with one click by typing your response right in the Reading Pane. Or, start a Lync IM conversation for a real-time chat.

Inline Reply

Use commands in the message lists for quick action

Flag, delete, or mark your messages read or unread with handy commands in the message list.

Flag and delete commans

Also, with the All and Unread buttons in the inbox, you can focus on the messages you want.

Read and Unread

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Customize your Inbox

Rename the folders in your Inbox and move them around to support the way you work.

Customize inbox

Keep on top of your appointments and tasks

Sneak a peek

Grab a quick glance at your schedule, an appointment, or details about someone you’re emailing—without, for example, having to switch from email to calendar or other modes.

Peek

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See all your contact details in one place

The People Card collects all the key details about a contact in one place: phone, email, address, company info, social media updates, even whether they’re available. From the card, you can schedule a meeting, send an instant message, or give them a call, making it a one-stop-shop for all communication.

People card

Quickly switch between the main Outlook elements

Just above the status bar at the bottom of the screen, you’ll find a clearer view of Mail, Calendar, People, and Tasks, for easy navigation.

Outlook elements

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One place for all your project docs and email in Site Mailboxes

Give everyone on your team access to a team folder, calendar, and task list to manage on the go, using the combined power of Outlook, Exchange, and SharePoint.

Site mailboxes

Connect with Outlook.com without any add-ins

Outlook 2013 includes built-in support for Exchange ActiveSync, which means you don’t need a special connector add-in to connect to Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail). Also, if you use Tasks to plan every detail of your life, now you can sync Outlook.com Tasks with Outlook to put all those plans together.

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Find what you want, when you want

Search and filter

Search email, attachments, calendar appointments and contacts to find the information you need fast.

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Check the weather

You don't have to find your local weather forecast because it's right there in Calendar view, along with current conditions.

Weather bar

Tip   To turn this feature on or off, go to File > Options > Calendar > Weather.

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Applies To: Outlook 2013



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