Microsoft has today announced on its official Office blog that it is adding several highly requested features for Office 365 customers to Outlook 2016 for Mac, such as the ability to send an email at the time of your choice, as well as request delivery notifications and read receipts. “These additions deliver on four of our top 10 requested features”, says the company, adding that these features will help customers get more done quickly.
The new “Send Later” feature, which is available to Office Insider Fast users today and will be available to all Office 365 subscribers in July, lets you write an email now and schedule it to be sent automatically at the perfect time. Once you are done drafting your email, click the drop-down next to Send and then select Send Later. Choose the date and time to send the email and the message is saved to your Drafts folder.
Other new features include:
- Use read and delivery receipts to track your emails: A delivery receipt confirms delivery of your email message to the recipient’s mailbox, but not that the recipient has seen it or read it. A read receipt confirms that your message was opened.
- Spend less time writing emails: Compose and save a message as a template and then reuse it when you want it. New information can be added before the template is sent as an email message.
- Stay on top of your day by creating calendar events and tasks from emails: You can now drag and drop emails directly to your calendar to reserve that time. The subject of the email becomes the calendar subject, and the body of the email goes in the notes field.
- Improving the account setup experience: Now you can simply enter your email address and Outlook detects your account settings and guides you through the process.
The Request a Delivery and Read receipts, email templates, and creating calendar events and tasks from emails additions are available today to all Office 365 subscribers.