The long awaited Outlook.com update from Microsoft is delayed to next year, according to Arstechnica. But not really, says an Techradar / Register quote.
The big update to Outlook.com has been in beta for roughly 9 months now.
The new version of Outlook.com was announced back in May by Microsoft. Many new and expanded features were announced, among which:
- Search suggestions and Refiners
- New themes
- Link preview
- Inline images (yaay!)
- Pop-out read and compose (Gmail-style)
- Pins and Flags
- Add-ins (Bing Maps, My templates, Suggested Meetings)
Now the new Outlook.com update was rolling out apparently, but alas, not everyone is getting it just yet. One Twitter user saw the following error:
Now at first, the update was expected to be completed within a few months after the announcement. An opt-in rollout was announced in the same article from May this year.
The above error however, was misunderstood according to Microsoft.
A quote from The Register via Techradar:
“The error message incorrectly stated the date as the first half of 2017; we’re updating this message to reflect the latest migration schedule. We are in the final stages of the Outlook.com migration, with nearly 90% of our active users already migrated.”
Other announced features included expanded Calendar functionality, a new mobile web experience as well as Outlook Uservoice for requests.
For email developers, the above user request and feedback feature has come along in the form of a Litmus Microsoft partnership to improve Outlook.
Don’t forget, Outlook.com (still called Hotmail by some) is one of the largest webmail providers in the world. It has over half a billion users, so even if things were running smoothly on the rollout, it would take some time.
And sure, some people are inbox zero fans and handle and delete their email very diligently. But I’m sure there are people out there who have a) used their Hotmail / Outlook.com inbox for many years and b) have upwards of 5000 unread emails. Including big attachements, inbox sizes can balloon quite quickly. This means migration of such email accounts on Outlook.com would take a bit longer.
Good luck Microsoft engineers with the rest of the rollout. I haven’t seen the new version yet: let us know in the comments whether you have and how the experience has been so far.