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Hello Office 2010 beta users! My name is Michael Affronti and I'm a Program Manager on the Outlook product team here in Redmond. We now have the opportunity to talk with all of you about Outlook 2010 and the amazing features we've been hard at work on over the last two years! Over the next couple months we'll be revealing a bunch of the changes and updates in Outlook 2010 right here on the Outlook Team Blog.
Let's start with your Inbox in Outlook 2010. For a long, long time your Inbox has been a lengthy, chronological list of all the emails you have received. We know that for many of our users, dealing with the sheer volume of email they send and receive each day is a daunting and sometimes impossible task. It's been up to you, the user, to wade through the thousands of messages you may have in your Inbox; deleting, filing, and reading individual emails, perhaps wondering if there might be a better way to do those core email triage tasks.
Enter the Conversations experience in Outlook 2010, an entirely new way to take control of your Inbox. You may have used conversation arrangements before in previous versions of Outlook or in other email clients, but in Outlook 2010 we have taken conversations to a whole new level by allowing all of your email to look, act, and function as smart groups of related messages.
All of your emails are now grouped into conversations based on the subject of the mail. A random sampling of internal Microsoft employees' Inboxes averages a 40% reduction in the number of items seen in the Inbox! All this is from simply grouping and hiding the older, redundant content of conversations. A single-click on a conversation item will show you the content of the latest email in the thread, enabling you to quickly read and triage an entire set of messages.
"Hey, what about the stuff I've sent in that conversation?!" We've got you covered! If you expand a conversation you'll get to see all of the older messages that make up that conversation, and you'll even see your Sent Items right inside the conversation – since the email messages you send in a conversation are just as important as those you receive:
If you're an email filer we'll also seamlessly show you items in the conversation you've filed in any other folder in your mailbox:
So no matter what your workflow is for storing and organizing your email, the new Conversations experience in Outlook 2010 always shows you the entire conversation every time, everywhere.
Who replied to who? Outlook 2010 makes it even easier to tell who replied to who inside of a conversation. Click on any individual message inside of a conversation to see a dotted line that shows which messages it replies to. This can be useful when a reply comes into a conversation that actually responded directly to an earlier message in the conversation, like Michael Affronti's message in the conversation below:
Speed up your triage by acting Conversationally. By grouping all the related emails in a conversation together into a single item, Outlook 2010 allows you to save time by easily deleting, moving, categorizing, or marking the entire conversation as read in one click. Once you categorize a conversation, Outlook 2010 will automatically categorize new items that arrive in that conversation! The time savings can be significant – in one internal test, Microsoft employees reduced 46% of the actions needed to triage their Inbox in the new Conversations experience, as compared to Outlook 2007's Date arrangement.
Reply and Reply All are smarter too, and will always reply to the latest message in the conversation. If you happen to open an older message in the conversation and hit Reply – say a flagged mail from the ToDo Bar, for example – Outlook 2010 has you covered with a new clickable warning will appear that allows you to instantly jump to the latest message in the conversation.
Ever have a distracting email flare up in your Inbox? The new Ignore button quickly and easily moves an entire conversation and any future items that arrive to your Deleted Items folder. Now you won't have to waste time deleting each new email in your co-workers' ongoing conversation about where to go to lunch today – that is, of course, if unless you're hungry.
Want to slim down your Inbox? Try the new Clean Up button and watch it move all the older, redundant messages in your conversation to the Deleted Items folder:
Clean Up always keeps the most recent message around, ensuring you have all the content in the conversation while allowing you to delete the redundant messages. This can be a very effective way to free up some much-needed space if you have a small mailbox quota. Clean Up is even smart enough to keep messages that have attachments, flags, or categories. Clean Up is available on an individual conversation or a whole folder, and can be customized to move the redundant content to any folder in your store. For example, you can move the cleaned-up messages to an archive or filed folder in your mailbox, making it the ultimate Monday morning triage tool.
We've spent the past couple years building you a great new experience for reading and triaging your email in Outlook 2010. Let's summarize what the new Conversations experience 2010 can do for you…
On behalf of the entire Outlook Conversations Feature team, we hope you enjoy the new Inbox experience in Outlook 2010!
Michael Affronti Outlook Program Manager
More info on Outlook conversation view:
Webinar: Unclutter your Outlook inboxGrouping emails by conversation in OutlookCES: Outlook 2010's Conversation View puts you back in action (video)Inbox sanity: Prioritize your email with Outlook conversation toolsHow Outlook 2010 cleans up after meUse Conversation Clean Up to eliminate redundant messagesTurn on or off Conversations arrangement in the message list
I am so frustrated here with 2010 and not finding my incoming e mails... I see you are trying to find same .. Any chance you have received an answer?
I did find in one place they said you had to find the right set of INBOX (as when I set up my e mail there was a OUTLOOK Data File IN BOX and all other boxes then below was my e mail... and they said if you clicked there you would find... I did and I found my SENT Emails but still no IN coming.... Any luck? If so please share with me at email@example.com Thanks
I have 2010 Outlook. I accidentally touched something and the "Subject" header disappeared where emails come in to your inbox. How do I change back to what I had: From: Subject: Date
My Outlook 2010 is showing 22 unread messages in the side bar, but only 5 are really there. What's up?
Some of my mails come with different headers and they do not download the correct message. It looks like a problem with the indexing. Please help me to correct this
How can we stop Outlook 2010 from automatically assigning categories to messages in a conversation? If I mark one message with a certain category, then all subsequent messages in that conversation would be marked with the same category automatically. Is there an option to stop this? For me, emails in a conversation can belong to several different categories respectively.