Microsoft's Outlook e-mail service is getting some important updates in the coming months. The news comes from a recent update to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, which lists these new capabilities as in development for Outlook on the web.
First of all, Microsoft is actively working on a feature that will allow business users to book travel time appointments and transportation between meetings. “Now when you need to go to a different building or place between meetings, Outlook will enable you to book travel time and way of transportation between the places you need to go," the company explained on the Microsoft 365 roadmap. The feature is planned for release in August this year.
The other new feature is emoji reactions, which is also coming to iOS and Android. This update will enable users to messages with love, laughter, celebration, sadness, or surprise emojis when accessing their inbox in Outlook through a web browser. Emoji reactions are expected to roll out to both mobile and web users in June 2021.
Next up, Microsoft Outlook is adding an option to start meetings late. The feature will bring the ability for users to opt for appointments and meetings to start 0 -15 mins after the specified time. The Microsoft 365 roadmap listing suggests that the company is planning to roll out this update to the Web and Windows clients later this month.
Apart from the aforementioned features, Outlook on the web is making it easier to add OneDrive and SharePoint files to emails. Lastly, Microsoft also announced some new time management features for Outlook on the web and mobile last month, and you can learn more details in our separate post.