Microsoft launches Outlook Beta

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While the software giant is planning to roll this out in stages, it appears that not many people are seeing the opt-in "try the beta" toggle yet, The Verge says.

Outlook.com is getting a fresh redesign for a more modern look and a smarter inbox all-round, along with a boost on the performance front to make things like attaching files a nippier process. Microsoft announced that it rolls out access to the beta over time, but did not provide a timeframe for the roll out.

To opt into the beta, Outlook.com users need only click on the "Try the beta" toggle to the right of their inbox (below).

All Outlook.com users - in fact, all Microsoft Account customers - may join the beta and leave it again - provided that the beta toggle is already visible when they open the Outlook web interface.

It's as simple as that, and it will even work if you're an Outlook Premium subscriber.

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Some of the new features that are presented in the Outlook.com beta include its brand-new design, which is reportedly inspired by the Outlook Mail app that is now available in Windows 10.

For this redesign, Microsoft is using a new development framework that the company claims is more responsive and that enables the team to deliver a more modern design. According to TechCrunch, to achieve this new framework, Microsoft is using Facebook Inc.'s ReactJS.

The Quick Suggestions feature will intelligently provide suggestions based on what you are writing in your email. Microsoft lists information about restaurants, flights, or team schedule's as examples that Outlook users may add to their conversations. This means they can now easily search any specific photo from a single contact.

An improved photo experience in the Outlook.com beta places all your photos sent or received via email in one place. Another new feature is Expressions. However, the said feature is still incomplete at this point, and more advanced search features are expected to be incorporated in the coming days.

Simply go to Outlook.com in your browser as you normally would; after the page loads, edit the address from outlook.live.com/owa/ to outlook.live.com/mail/ and then hit enter.

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