Microsoft Adding Pinned Messages to Outlook on the Web
Good-bye Outlook Web App. Microsoft's browser-based Outlook software is rebranded, gaining new features and a revamped UI.Outlook Web App is now Outlook on the Web, the company announced on Aug. 4. And with the name change, Microsoft is soon issuing an update that tweaks the user interface and adds new capabilities. These include a new Pin function that allows users to prominently affix important messages to a noticeable part of their screens. "You can now pin any message in your inbox to have it highlighted in yellow and kept at the top of your inbox," wrote the Microsoft Outlook team in an Office Blogs post. "Pins are a terrific way to keep important messages handy and prevent them from getting buried in your inbox." "Outlook on the Web now sports a simplified, cleaner UI to help you work more efficiently," said the Outlook group. "This starts with the new action bar available across our Mail, Calendar, People and Task experiences in Outlook on the Web. The Action toolbar provides quick access to the most common commands, whether you are clearing out your inbox, replying to an email, or adding an event to your calendar." Subject lines appear larger and the reading pane indents messages to make them easier to read. In the Calendar view, improved navigation and more prominent buttons help users create and manage their appointments more intuitively. Outlook on the Web will also display a five-day weather forecast in the Calendar. New "charms" allow users to add icons like an airplane for upcoming travel to their scheduled events.
Outlook.com's "inbox zero"-friendly Sweep feature is making the jump to Outlook on the Web.