Microsoft is working on an intelligent feature for Outlook on the web that should automatically remind users to reply to or follow up on emails. According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, the company plans to add support for message reminders next month.
The AI-powered notification tool will automatically analyze the inbox to bring those emails to the top that probably need your attention. Interestingly, Outlook users will get reminders to reply to messages they may have forgotten about. These notifications will also remind them to send follow-up emails to coworkers they had already emailed and hadn’t heard back in a couple of days.
The Gmail like feature could prove to be quite useful for people who often forget to respond to important emails once they disappear from the front page of their inbox. This can be incredibly annoying if remote workers need to hear back on an email message promptly.
The Outlook team says that message reminders will begin rolling out to Office 365 Targetted release customers in mid-February, with Standard Release tenants to follow in March. However, there’s no word on when the new capability is coming to the desktop version of Outlook. As always, we’ll keep you updated as new features and functionality arrive.