What do you get when you cross Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft Teams? One hell of an email management app, and soon, it will be here to stay. The first brings over an Outlook feature to the app, and the second improves how users connect with others from different services.
Soon, Microsoft Teams will offer a few features from Outlook—including one that lets you quickly delete an email without having to delete each cc. You’ll be able to select multiple emails and delete them all in one fell swoop.
This feature is coming soon, according to Microsoft 365 Roadmap, which references a Compact Inbox for Teams under development. The page was first spotted by Neowin on Wednesday.
We don’t have any additional details about when exactly it will arrive or how exactly it will work, but we reached out to Microsoft and will update you if we hear back. According to Microsoft 365 Roadmap, a compact inbox for teams will allow users to compact multiple emails at once.
It also says that these changes are planned for release in Q4 2018 (which runs through December). There’s no indication of what version of Microsoft Teams might receive these improvements.
Microsoft Teams already has some key differences compared to Microsoft Outlook, such as support for bots. And Microsoft has previously discussed its plans to bring over more features from Outlook as well as Skype for Business and SharePoint Online over time.
So bringing over some of these new features could help Microsoft simplify its apps even further—especially given that there are now three different productivity apps being used by many Office 365 customers:
OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook itself can all be used separately from either Teams or Yammer. Bringing things together makes sense—even if it does mean adding yet another tool into your productivity arsenal.
Microsoft Outlook allows you to easily delete an entire message thread with just a couple of clicks, saving you from needing to hit Delete individual times. Microsoft Teams is finally getting that ability too, according to Microsoft 365 Roadmap, which shows off upcoming features in various parts of Microsoft’s productivity platform.
Currently, if you want to remove all those responses and forwards related to a single email thread in Microsoft Teams, you need to manually go through each message and hit Delete until they’re gone.
Office 365 coming soon button missing
Microsoft is rolling out a new update for Microsoft Teams with several improvements and several new features. It also adds several improvements for Office 365 customers. And among them, it comes with a new feature that isn’t related to productivity.
But on its Office 365 Roadmap site, Microsoft has revealed some interesting information about the plans for improved software performance and overall feature enhancements across Office 365 apps in 2018.
In particular, Microsoft will be removing four hidden navigation buttons from within certain apps, including OneDrive and Word Online, which were previously marked as Coming Soon on their interface – until now.
You won’t see these buttons anymore when using Word Online or OneDrive since they have been replaced by features that are already available or coming soon. This means Microsoft is planning to roll out two updates: one to remove these buttons and another one to bring back support for a specific Microsoft Outlook feature.
This specific button was called Office 365 coming soon, but you might know it better as New! Something we think you should try button in the Microsoft Outlook app. The second update should bring back support for an old Outlook feature that was introduced many years ago but was removed after Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Microsoft has not provided any details regarding when exactly users can expect to get these updates, but we expect Microsoft to release them sometime in March 2018. If you want more information about Microsoft’s plan for Office 365 apps in 2018, make sure to check out our dedicated coverage at the link below. Source: Neowin
When Can We Expect These Features?
The first update is expected to land in October 2018, and both are set for release by December. The company is still finalizing some features, but it seems likely that Microsoft will meet those deadline targets.
Both updates will be welcome additions for those who use both apps regularly. If you don’t typically rely on features in Outlook, however, there won’t be a lot of value-added here—but it’s good to see Microsoft supporting Office 365 users across its suite of products.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more about these improvements at Microsoft’s Ignite conference next month. With any luck, we’ll learn a bit more about what else Microsoft has planned for Teams down the road as well. The first update is expected to land in October 2018, and both are set for release by December.
The company is still finalizing some features, but it seems likely that Microsoft will meet those deadline targets. Both updates will be welcome additions for those who use both apps regularly.
If you don’t typically rely on features in Outlook, however, there won’t be a lot of value-added here—but it’s good to see Microsoft supporting Office 365 users across its suite of products. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about these improvements at Microsoft’s Ignite conference next month.