This update to Microsoft Outlook for the web could put an end to embarrassing email failures for good


Making sure your emails get to the right person should soon be much easier thanks to a new Microsoft Outlook update.

The Email client announced that it will launch its Contact Deduplication feature in the Outlook Web App (OWA), hoping to reduce confusion and ensure your messages end up in the right place.

The company hopes this will mean the end of duplicating contacts in your OWA address book, without users having to take immediate action themselves.

“People are at the center of our lives, and we begin every digital connection through contacts,” the entry on the Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab) for the update read. “Therefore, a clean and up-to-date contact list is essential for better collaboration and productivity.”

As it is designed for the OWA, the update will initially target Outlook and Office 365 web users, but may soon roll out to other users. The update is still listed as “in development”, but has a general availability date of September 2022, which means it should be released to users around the world soon.

The update is the latest in a series of Microsoft Outlook releases as it appears to remain useful and relevant for users around the world.

This includes a recent upgrade that will help ensure that sensitive information is kept in the proper circles, as Outlook will now. Automatically match email sensitivity with the label applied to attachments.

Microsoft Outlook also plans to make it easier to find essential documents for the meetingsuch as recordings, transcripts and minutes, from the email client itself, without the need to switch to other applications.

Other changes will also be available to users when the next generation of Microsoft Outlook sees a general release soon. Currently still only open to Office Insiders, the Upgraded Edition offers a number of improvements and tools, including the ability to support all types of Microsoft email accounts and a new Quick Steps feature for quick problem solving.


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