What's new in Outlook for Office 365

What's new in Outlook for Office 365

As an Office 365 subscriber, you get new and improved Outlook 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 September update, version Version 1909 (Build 12026.20264). Find your Office version

See your messages in a different light

Use the Sun/Moon button to switch between light and dark backgrounds in the reading pane. *Requires Black theme.

New in: Outlook


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Latest updates for Outlook Insiders

Insiders, you now have a web site dedicated to you. Go here to find out all the latest fixes and features that are available to you today.

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Previous releases

See what's new in the August update, version Version 1908 (Build 11929.20254). Find your Office version

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Search and enjoy

We've added Search to Insert Icons to make it easy to find the icon you want. And when you're selecting, the Insert button tells you how many you've picked.

New in: Word Excel PowerPoint Outlook


Read on to see what's new in the June update, version Version 1906 (Build 11727.20230).

More icons to match your mood

We've added over 300 new icons. Find them at Insert > Icons.


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Let me draw it out

Scribble on top of pictures or add a Drawing Canvas to send your thoughts with ink.

New in: Outlook


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We've updated the Outlook experience for you

A simplified experience, previously available for preview with Coming Soon, designed to help you focus on what matters most.

New in: Outlook


The new look of the ribbon and message window

A simplified ribbon that's customizable, too

Enjoy a streamlined, single row of the most frequently used buttons. Easily switch between classic and Simplified views, and pin/unpin commands.

New in: Outlook

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The ribbon in Outlook now has fewer buttons

Relaxed or tight, you choose

Tighter Spacing lets you decide if you want more space between items, or a tighter layout to see more.

New in: Outlook

Current View button with Use Tighter Spacing selected

See what's new in the May update, version Version 1905 (Build 11629.20196).

Bring your LinkedIn network to Outlook

Connect your LinkedIn account to Outlook to see your professional connections in your Inbox.


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Pick your favorite action

Don't use Flag and Delete? How about Archive or Mark as Read? Customize the quick action menu with the commands you use most.

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See what's new in the January update, Version 1901 (Build 11231.20174).

They'll see what you meme

When text or static images just won't do, use an animated GIF to make your point.


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All your encryption options in one place

Manage the security of your email messages by setting the appropriate level of permission using Options > Encrypt.


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See what's new in Version 18.12 (11126.20188).

Build in time between back-to-back meetings

Give attendees time to catch their breath or travel between locations by setting meetings to end 5-10 minutes early by default.


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See what's new in the November update, Version 18.11 (11029.20079).

Zoom and stick

Instead of adjusting Zoom each time, you read a message, choose a default setting to use for all your messages.


Message on the left and Zoom tools on the right

Reserving a room just got easier

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

Draft meeting invite on the left and Room finder pane on the right

See what's new in the October update, Version 18.10 (11001.20074).

People Suggestions in Schedule Assistant

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


Schedule Assistant in the background and people suggestions in the foreground

Stop seeing reminders for past events

You can set your calendar to automatically dismiss reminders for events after they've ended.


Advanced tab in the Options dialog box, with Reminders section displayed

See what's new in the September update Version 1809 (Build 10827.20138).

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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.


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.


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

Meeting invite showing setting that enables the ability to prevent it from being forwarded

Turn off forwarding for a meeting

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


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.


Invite Others dialog box in the background and mail to invitee in the foreground

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.


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 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!


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.


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.


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.


Inbox in the background and Create Group dialog box in the foreground

Email sorting made easy

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


List of filters available to sort messages

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

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