Previously the unhip, aging dinosaur of the tech world, Microsoft has been striking magic lately. To start, Windows 10 had a very successful launched and is universally appreciated as the best Microsoft OS to date. The Surface collection of tablets, laptops, and accessories has been a surprising underdog hit and is actually outperforming the Apple line of devices in reviews. Finally, there is no doubt that Office is the dominant suite of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications – even with the strength and flexibility of Google Docs.
Speaking of Google Docs and the other Google applications that compete with Microsoft (Gmail etc.), the competition has likely inspired the latest updates to Microsoft Outlook on the Web. This productivity software has never been better, and if you think of Outlook as email and nothing more, you’re in for a surprise.
Let’s explore a few of the many benefits of Outlook on the web going forward:
Microsoft doesn’t want Outlook to be a clunky, inflexible, one-size-fits-all software. To be honest, that’s how it used to be. You had to adapt your workflow to match Outlook’s interface, not the other way around. Well, things are changing. Outlook is now adaptable and completely customizable to match the way you like to work. It will now be easier than ever to directly access the features you use the most, and even things like hunting for contacts or trying to find information in your inbox will be easier than ever. Even better, Outlook only gets smarter the more you use it, so the process gets better and smoother over time.
improved calendar integrations
Integrating with your calendar is nothing new – aside from receiving/sending emails it’s probably the most important function of Outlook. And it’s going to be even better than ever. Picture this: you book a flight online, get the confirmation email in your inbox, and the flight dates are automatically synched to your calendar. You buy a product online, get the confirmation email and the expected ship date is added to your calendar. Now you can be more organized that ever and never miss an important event without any effort on your part. For the busy professional on the go, this is life changing, because there is nothing worse than having to micromanaging your calendar.
There are just two simple yet revolutionary updates to Microsoft Outlook on the web that can change the way you work. Nobody’s really rooting for them, but you have to admit it – Microsoft has been hitting it out of the park lately.
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