The Microsoft Office team has taken to their blog to announce a new set of features for Outlook which are aiming to help you stay up to date with your travel plans and deliveries. These new features are rolling out right now for Outlook for Mac and Outlook on the web, and will soon be coming to Windows, iOS, and Android, as well as the Windows 10 Mail and Calender apps.
Thanks to the new set of features, your emails will become smarter and simpler. This means that now, instead of being faced with clutter, Outlook will display the most important information from travel itineraries by putting them in an easily readable summary on top of your email.
Outlook’s new summary cards are the driving force to this feature and will provide you with quick actions for the key things you do. For example, when you receive a shipping confirmation email, Outlook will summarize the most important information in a card above the email and automatically add an event to your calendar (for non-commercial accounts) to provide quick actions.
As seen above, the Outlook team is also introducing a new feature where Outlook will automatically add travel events to your calendar using summary cards for each step of a detected reservation. This will include date, time, locations, confirmation numbers, and more. Additionally, Outlook will also send you a reminder email exactly 24 hours in advance of a flight with a link to the airline’s check-in experience.
The rollout of these new features have started now in North America and will be expanding globally soon. The new features will be available for users with Office 365 subscriptions that include Exchange Online and those users with new or upgraded Outlook.com accounts. So, if you don’t see these features now, you can expect them soonFurther reading: Microsoft, Office, Outlook, Outlook web app