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Focused Inbox is coming to Outlook. Focused inbox is the natural successor to Microsoft's Clutter service. The goal of focused inbox is to help sort email into two categories - Focused and Other. Focused is for the emails that matter most, from work colleagues about projects, or from your manager regarding project priorities. Other items like mailings from USF Talk, or professional lists will be sorted into the Other category.

Microsoft has stated that this feature will be released by 05/26/2017. Please note though that this is a range and the actual feature may be made available much sooner. You will receive a prompt when logging in at http://outlook.com/usf.edu to enable the feature. It will replace clutter at that time. Click the link titled Microsoft Focused Inbox Documentation for more info, including how to enable it when it is available for your account.

Microsoft Focused Inbox Video

Microsoft Focused Inbox Documentation

Microsoft Focused Inbox FAQ's

Q. What will the experience be for users of Clutter moving to the Focused Inbox?

A. Active Clutter users will have to opt-in to Focused Inbox and will be able to do so from an in-app prompt in Outlook. After they opt-in, they will no longer receive less important email in the "Clutter" folder. Instead, email will be split between the Focused and Other tabs in their inbox. The same machine learned algorithm that moved items to the Clutter folder now powers Focused Inbox, meaning that any emails that were set to move to Clutter will now be moved to Other.

Q. Can I keep using Clutter instead of Focused Inbox?

A. You can keep using the existing Clutter experience through the transition. However, after the transition period, Clutter will be completely replaced by Focused Inbox.

Q. If I turned off Clutter, will I still be able to try Focused Inbox?

A. Yes, you'll receive a prompt to try the Focused Inbox when your mailbox is ready.

Q. I'm using Focused Inbox already on Outlook for iOS or Android; does anything change for me?

A. Nothing will change in Outlook for iOS and Android. As our other Outlook apps are updated to include Focused Inbox, you will now see the same set of items in both the Focused Inbox and Other across all your Outlook clients.

Q. Is it possible to turn off Focused Inbox?

A. You can turn Focused Inbox off or on at any time from any version of Outlook. However, it is an excellent feature so we encourage you to utilize it!

Microsoft Teams

This is a forthcoming service from Microsoft allowing for persistent chat rooms, instant meetings, and so much more. We do not currently have a date for when the service will be made available, but feel free to review the documentation

Microsoft Teams Introduction Video