For some time now how people interact through emails has been a bit rigid, from how you send them out to the response you give. While it is extremely essential to be clear and ensure that the message information is relayed to the recipient properly, there are some instances where a response might seem a bit redundant.
According to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, users may soon be able to react to emails in Outlook with just a single click rather than having to respond to them. However, in order to make use of this feature, the email must be sent from someone in the same tenant.
To access this feature, the email must first have been sent by someone in the same tenant. If this is the case, then the user will be able to see a reactions icon in the message sent. By hovering over the icon, you will then see six possible ways through which you can react to the message, that is, Thumbs up, Heart, Celebrate, Laugh, Surprise, or Sad. What's more, you can select from different thumbs up reactions and settle on the one that resonates. Outlook will recall your choice the next time you use the emoji.
Similar to the approach in Microsoft Teams when reacting to messages sent in Chat or Channels, though they recently expanded and users can now use any one of the over 800 existing Teams emojis. Recipients of the reactions will also get a digest mail.
Moreover, everyone in the email thread who received the email will be able to see the reaction provided that they are also using the same tenant. Also, through the Notifications feed, the sender of the email will be able to easily see how people interacted with their message using emojis.
The feature is expected to roll out completely by late October to Outlook for iOS, Outlook for Android, Outlook on the web, Outlook for Mac, and new Outlook for Windows, while Classic Outlook for Windows users should be able to access it towards the end of December.