Screenshots: Outlook Live gets new features ahead of Office 365 rollout

Summary:Screenshot gallery: Live@edu has had one last change - adding new features and long awaited customisable themes to student inboxes, just before the service transforms into Office 365 for Education later this month.

Microsoft are slowly rolling out the latest release (R5) of Outlook Live to student users of their student-focused cloud suite, Live@edu.

This is expected to be the last release before Office 365 for Education is to take over later on this year.

Though I said just before Christmas, the chances were that the overall feel to the suite would not change, with only a minor update made to Outlook Web App - the main email application used as part of the cloud email suite.

As it turns out, very little has changed in terms of user aesthetics. But a few changes will make the experience easier, faster, and greatly improved for the end student user.

Gallery To have a browse through the screenshots showing the new user experience changes, plus the new features enabled to end student users, check out the gallery here.

So far, some of the new features include:

If you have not yet seen the new version of Office Live, sit tight. The network administrators at your school, college or university have no control over when it might happen. But be rest assured that it will happen in the space of hours, days or at most, a couple of weeks.

Update: Mary Jo Foley wrote about the Feburary refresh of Live@edu, whereby Outlook Live would have an updated version of Outlook Web App, which is confirmed. Whether or not the updated behind-the-scenes stuff like Forefront for Exchange, spam and anti-virus protection has been added yet, it is not yet clear from an end user-perspective.

What do you think of the new Outlook Live features? Are they an improvement from the previous version, or do you still prefer Google or Hotmail?

Topics: Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software

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