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Toggle between Outlook.com, OneDrive and Office Online with the new app launcher

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Today, when you log in to Outlook.com, OneDrive.com, or Office Online, you may notice something new. We have updated our header to create a consistent and simple way to switch between your Microsoft services—the app launcher.

Last week we announced a new way to organize and launch apps in Office 365 for business. Today, we’re introducing the new app launcher, which offers a single point of access to the personal services you use daily: Outlook.com, People, Calendar, OneDrive and Office Online.  We’re excited to say that launching apps is now the same, whether you’re using Office 365 at work, or attending to your personal life in Outlook.com. Consistency just makes sense!

We believe that all of our services work better together. Whether you are sharing a document from OneDrive, co-authoring a Word doc or Excel spreadsheet in your browser, or making a Skype call from Outlook.com—the app launcher lets you switch between them with just a couple of clicks.

Take a look at what you can do with the Outlook.com header:

Outlook.com new header infographic

 

 

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  1. Where is messaging module that was bottom left? And how about UNDO SEND? This new update looks nice, but didn’t the previous UI have the same functionality?

    • Hey brinke. We strive to always make Outlook.com better by listening to and acting on customer feedback. In this case, we received feedback from customers that resulted in us removing the messaging shortcut from the bottom left, in order to keep your inbox and emails front and center of the Outlook.com experience.

      The previous UI had similar functionality, but we’ve designed the new app launcher so that launching apps is now the same whether you’re using Office 365 at work, or attending to your personal life in Outlook.com.

  2. The new launcher is nice but you guys need another non-Office product in there to push Word to the second row. Word looks weird on the first row with Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote on the second line.

    Also, what happened to the “inline-reply” feature that was mentioned in a May blog post (with the new advanced rules)?

    Is there a way to continue using the Outlook.com interface when upgrading to Office 365? I prefer it to the busy Outlook Web App.

    • Hi GFunk84. Similarly to what I said to Caleb (below), I’m afraid you can’t enable in-line reply manually. We are working through a few issues that we’re seeing affect some people who are using in-line reply. In the mean time, you won’t be able to use it.

      Can you let me know which version of Office 365 you’re planning on upgrading to? If it’s a consumer SKU, then you should still be able to use Outlook.com.

  3. Sorry to say, it is ugly. Removing the logo for Outlook.com, Word Online, Powerpoint Online, etc is already enough harm done. Aren’t you trying to promote the Office brand online? Why remove their logos?

    Then adding a BLACK ribbon to the sides of their colours is not colour consistency. You guys should reverse to the old design as many comments I have read across the internet is NOT GOOD! Please make things better not worse!

    • Hi msa2come. Rest assured, we also read the comments across the internet. We always appreciate the honest feedback – so thank you.

  4. I’m still unable to use in-line replies with outlook.com. Is there something I must do to enable this?

    • Hi Caleb. I’m afraid you can’t enable this manually. We are working through a few issues that we’re seeing affect some people who are using in-line reply. In the mean time, you won’t be able to use it.

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