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Manage your emails better with this new update

Microsoft Outlook is a business and productivity application developed by Microsoft Corporation. It is an e-mail client that provides you with a deep set of tools for all your email needs. Not only that, but it also offers unparalleled convenience for anyone using the Microsoft ecosystem.

Outlook is not as popular as Gmail or Yahoo Mail. However, this doesn't mean that it cannot compete with them. And with its latest update, its users can enjoy more features. High-volume users can now even handle their mail easier. However, as with its previous versions, the interface can look cluttered.

Manage your inbox better

Email clients have suffered a steep decline in recent times, mainly due to the rise of various online alternatives, which offer safe, attractive, and reliable functions. Sadly, Microsoft Outlook is among those who have suffered losses. However, the app looks to be a step in the right direction, thanks to its update. With the 2021 version, its users can now enjoy better e-mail handling and other helpful features.

As mentioned, users who receive high volumes of mails can now manage their inbox better. With the instant search feature, you can now quickly find emails. Similar to Gmail, the app has a search bar, located above the Outlook ribbon, where you can type any search keyword. More than that, the app retains the previous functions, such as conversation view and inbox management tools, which keep your email under control.

New and old functions combined

Microsoft Outlook opts for a clean and straightforward design for ease of use. It starts with a default division of your inbox into Focused and Other, with Focused representing the most important messages. The app learns from your behavior, allowing you to mark a message for the other inbox that is sorted incorrectly. Additionally, it comes with a ribbon interface, which makes finding features easier. The arrangement of tools can make the app look cluttered, though.

Several of the previous features are retained in this version like using multiple accounts and access tools, such as Calendar, Task, and Contacts. It also offers support for groups, which allows you to access a shared mailbox, set up shared events, and send emails from shared addresses. The app integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft 365 apps, such as Excel and Word. Moreover, it works with third-party platforms, such as Trello and Dropbox.

The 2021 Outlook extends its capabilities by adding a language translator. With this, you can translate messages into more than 70 languages, with a viewable transcript. It also allows you to annotate mail or draw in a separate canvas using your pen, finger, and mouse. And as with the 2021 Microsoft Office, Outlook gives you access to the rich media content of the Office Premium Creative collection.

Final verdict

In a nutshell, Microsoft Outlook is a good choice when looking for a reliable email client. The app lags behind its competition in terms of popularity, but it offers a solid set of features that you can use. Moreover, its latest update brings new functions that can help you handle large volumes of email messages. The app is also especially helpful if you work constantly with the Microsoft ecosystem. 


  • Good search function
  • Multi-account support
  • Integrates with Microsoft 365
  • Efficient mail, calendar, and task management


  • Cluttered interface
  • No revolutionary improvements

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User reviews about Microsoft Outlook

  • Donald Campbell

    by Donald Campbell

    Because I can't get my emails when I should, this is all because Outlook just had stopped working; I have tried to download Outlook again, but having  More

  • Prasad Palakodeti

    by Prasad Palakodeti

    gr8 app to install, very usefull. Used for home and business.

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Excellent software.
    Excellent software for using your message offline, it is more important software.
    Pros: The external look
    Cons:  More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Outlook is not available..
    This version of Microsoft's Outlook is no longer available and can therefor not be downloaded. Fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    didnt work.
    pathetic link, doesnt work! disappointed. I love microsoft although :(
    Cons: registration procedure

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    hurts my eyes!.
    There are no high contrast settings which makes it killer on my eyes! I want 2010 back. :(
    Cons: high contrast


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