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New features in Outlook Live (Release 5)

A look at the new Outlook Web App (Release 5) features and user experience available for Live@edu students.
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Topic: Cloud
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As you can see, the user interface has changed only ever so slightly, keeping the original Outlook Web App feel to Outlook Live, the cloud email product part of the Live@edu educational suite. This version includes themes which allows greater customisability of the interface for the end user. 

This version of Outlook Web App will be the version used in Office 365 for Education, which will be rolled out later this year. 

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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Email notifications still come through but are more pronounced and clear at the top of the themed bar. All notifications are in this top right hand corner of the screen.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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Chat notifications have also been inproved. Chat now interacts seamlessly with other instant messaging providers just as Windows Live Messenger can do now.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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Instant search allows you to type in someones name and it instantly appears with their email address. From here you can view their contact card if they have one or send them email.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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Themes will surely feature as a prominent new part of Outlook Web App, allowing users to ditch the pre-defined style that their school, college or university has set, and change it to something they prefer instead. 

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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The new themes alter the bar at the very top of the page (the "breadcrumb bar") but also the highlighting text around Outlook Live. The settings page theme remains the same, though you can easily set the new R5 theme with orange waves as the new theme in email view.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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If you have multiple attachments, whether documents or images, it is possible now to download all of them in one single download as a .zip file. Once Outlook Web App detects more than one attachment, you can download in bulk or in singular.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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When attaching images - similar to what you can do in Hotmail and Windows Live Mail, you can now resize images to make them easier to read in emails.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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The calendar hasn't changed much, but now it has a more streamlined experience with Outlook 2010 and its user experience.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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Spell checking, at long last, has arrived. Considering Live@edu serves a student audience, you would have thought this would have been a priority feature! Nevertheless, it is here now and here to stay.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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Users now have the ability to manage and manipulate their own folder retention policies, such as how long before email becomes archived and the length of time before items get deleted - just to keep things trimmed down and speedy.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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One of the biggest complaints so far about Outlook Live is the lack of information, or simplified details, of the settings needed to take email to an external application or mobile device. Now, from a simple option, it is clear which settings are for which device or application.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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Also, another bright new feature, is a simple progress bar not hidden away in the folder menu structure, showing you exactly how much data you have consumed and how much you have left.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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And finally, you can import your contacts from an external file (.csv - comma separated file) or even your mobile device if it supports the .csv format, to Outlook Web App.

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To read more about the new features available in Outlook Live (R5) released recently to all Live@edu students in waves, read the iGeneration blog where it explains all.

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