Outlook 2014 – What’s New

Congratulations, the latest version of Microsoft is here, which has packed into itself the newest and latest Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio and Word. Microsoft outlook comes as a part of the complete package of Microsoft office. The previous 2010 version of Microsoft office had now been succeeded by the 2013 version.  Presently outlook 2013 is available in Microsoft office 2013 except in the home and student edition. Microsoft office outlook was debuted on January 29, 2013. Good thing- it contains a whole new range of features that enhances the functioning of Outlook 2013. Bad thing- it is not available for home and student versions. So it’s time to upgrade. The Important Features That Were Newly Added Include:

  • Attachment reminder
  • Weather bar.
  • Add- in resiliency
  • Exchange ActiveSync (EAS)
  • IMAP improvements
  • Cached exchange mode improvements
  • Outlook data file (. ost) compression
  • People hub
  • Startup performance improvements

All these features make Outlook 2013 a very attractive and desirable package. It’s easier, better and perhaps more useful. Outlook 2013 comes with a brand new look which is a lot cleaner and gives a clear view of emails, calendars and contacts. In a way it helps direct the focus towards what needs to be done i.e. it helps prioritize. But before that comes the outlook sign in part.  The first step towards using outlook 2013 is setting up the account. If an earlier version of outlook was already in use then the setup is done automatically. If not, then, as soon as outlook is started, the Auto Account Setup begins the process of setting up an account to send and receive emails. The main requirements are the email id, name and password. It may also ask for few more information details in some cases.

This creates a new account to which one can LOG IN, in order to send emails and use the other functions that outlook 2013 has come up with. Outlook logging is a relatively easy process. A whole lot of new features can be used following this process. Communication can be made easier with the newly added features. The OUTLOOK 2013 provides for:

  • Previewing Of Messages – In order to help prioritizing about which message to handle first.
  • Inline Replies – Helps in faster replies
  • Commands In Message Lists – Commands such as Flag, delete or mark comes in quite handy.

Communication is important but so is managing.  For management purposes, features are provided which can be enumerated as:

  • Calendar Schedule - In order to check appointments, the recipient details and appointments without switching from email to calendar mode.
  • Single Contact List - Adds all the important details of the recipients such as emails, phone numbers, address etc. and even social media updates in a single place and helps connect to them directly.
  • Improved Task Bar – All the important outlook elements can be found in this single task bar.
  • Inbox Customization – So that folders can be renamed and moved around.
  • Site Mailboxes – Use the combined form of outlook, exchange and SharePoint.
  • No Need For Add-Ins – Since there is built in support for Exchange ActiveSync, there is no requirement for extra add-in’s.

Easy search and find processes improves the function of Outlook 2013.  One of the new added benefits is the weather bar which gives the local weather forecast along with current weather conditions can be easily accessed using the Calendar view on the new Microsoft Outlook 2013. Along with the basic functions, these newly added features enhance the functioning of the latest Microsoft Office Outlook 2013. It’s a whole new package ready to boom. So just use the outlook sign in and get going.