Microsoft Outlook 2010: What’s New?

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We have been covering some shinny new features in Office 2010 for a few months now, and have brought you several detailed articles on Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, and OneNote 2010. It is time now to have a look at the new features in Outlook 2010.

Outlook Social Connector (OSC)

This is perhaps the greatest new addition to Outlook 2010 which you will definitely love to use.  It brings the social views of your friends/contacts right in to your inbox. This connector provides you with a stream of content from SharePoint, Windows Live and other famous social networking sites. At the bottom of your Outlook emails, you will see the latest social networking posts of your contact.

Outlook Social Connector

Quick Steps

The Quick Steps feature of Outlook 2010 lets you consolidate multiple steps into single one. So once you will click the Quick Step, it’s relevant multiple steps (as per your configuration) will occur. You can locate the Quick Steps option under the Home menu.

Quick Steps

We have covered it in full details in one of our previous posts, which you can read here.

Publish Online

The 3rd in the list is the Publish Online feature that lets your Outlook 2010 calendar to synchronize with Office Online or a WebDAV server. Thus in this way geographically-dispersed project teams are able to publish their personal and team calendar data online.

Publish Online

Office Backstage

The Office Backstage(File tab) is a very useful feature perhaps, which has been added to all the major applications within Office 2010. Outlook 2010 also includes this feature and allows users to easily save attachments, access account settings, clean their mailbox, and configure other settings.

Office Backstage

Scheduled View

Outlook 2010 includes a new schedule feature called Scheduled View. This feature provides a better insight into your daily schedule, as recorded in your Outlook calendar. You can find this option located under the Home menu when you are inside the Schedule tab itself (which can be selected from bottom of the left-sidebar).

Scheduled View

OneNote Integration

Just like the other applications in Office 2010, OneNote 2010 has been integrated into Outlook 2010 as well. The option is located under the Home menu.

OneNote 2010

Microsoft has outdone it’s competitors this time by making it more user-friendly, the complete UI change is one thing. Users who ditched Outlook 2007 might want to give Outlook 2010 a shot. Of course not every product is perfect but in case of Outlook 2010, it has enough reasons to persuade users to return. Thunderbird users can now put their hopes on Mozilla, lets see how Thunderbird 3 shall fare. Enjoy!

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  • The Quick Steps feature in Outlook 2010 looks pretty promising to me. Time saving! Hope the final release shows some search improvement. I'm testing the beta right now , but the search results are not as fast and reliable as with Lookeen. How come a small tool like that is so much better… Anyway, the 2010 version is up for more testing, but looks already fine to me

  • The Quick Steps feature in Outlook 2010 looks pretty promising to me. Time saving! Hope the final release shows some search improvement. I'm testing the beta right now , but the search results are not as fast and reliable as with Lookeen. How come a small tool like that is so much better… Anyway, the 2010 version is up for more testing, but looks already fine to me

  • The Quick Steps feature in Outlook 2010 looks pretty promising to me. Time saving! Hope the final release shows some search improvement. I'm testing the beta right now , but the search results are not as fast and reliable as with Lookeen. How come a small tool like that is so much better… Anyway, the 2010 version is up for more testing, but looks already fine to me

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  • RubY

    Tell me, why is everybody so impressed by lookeen? In every discussion about the outlook search (ok…sucks!) sombody mentioned lookeen! Never heard about this tool before…I think I'll check the publishers website and make my own opinion.

  • ManuDi

    Of course this is your decision what you would like to use. Lookeen is not perfect and costs some money.
    But it is great and many people know this.
    You have the choice:-)

  • eki

    Now finally we can print messages with this new version?