Outlook for Mac 2016 Gaining Delivery Notifications, Send Later Option, and More

Microsoft today announced that it's implementing several new features in Outlook for Mac, all of which have been highly requested by its Office 365 subscribers. Timed emails, delivery notifications, email templates, and more are being added to the Mac software.

With a new Send Later feature, Outlook for Mac users can draft an email and then schedule it to send at another time using the new drop-down Send Later button located next to the send button. The email is saved to Drafts and then sent automatically at the specified time.


Alongside Send Later, there are now options to be notified when an email has been delivered and read by a recipient. Delivery receipts confirm that an email has been sent to the recipient's inbox, while a read receipt confirms that a message has been opened. Outlook for Mac users can also choose to decline to send read receipts.


To make it quicker to send the same type of emails, messages can now be saved as templates, and emails can also be dragged and dropped to the calendar to make automatic calendar appointments. Microsoft is also improving the account setup experience through automatic detection of email account type (Exchange, IMAP, or POP) and automatic email account importing when you've previously signed into another Office app.

The new account setup experience is available for all Mac users who are running Outlook version 15.34, while the delivery and read receipts, email templates, and calendar changes are available for all Office 365 subscribers running Outlook version 15.35. Office 365 users who are also Office Insider Fast users on version 15.36 have access to Send Later, a feature that will be available to all Office 365 subscribers starting in July.



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22 months ago

And everyone who has requests for the web usually wants them done right away, not two hours from now, because God forbid someone does any planning or communicating in advance when they need something on the website at a specific date and time. I can just see it now: "He read my email, but hasn't responded yet! I am outraged! My request is the most important request!"

That's precisely the reason why I never honor requests for read receipts. The great thing about email (being an asynchronous mode of communication) is that I can choose to respond (or not) on my schedule. If someone wants something right now they can try to contact me by chat, if my presence status is "available".
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22 months ago
I bet I'll somehow end up being the only guy at work who has read receipts turned off and get crap for it. I hate that we have to use Outlook. I'll often check my email because if something crazy is going on, like our website blowing up or some serious typo online, then I'll need to go fix it right away. Otherwise I'll often read messages and then mark them as unread or flag them so that I can come back to them after I'm done working on something else. My strengths are as a designer but I do the full stack which includes dev. When I'm working on a particularly tricky piece of code, I just have to block out everything else or I'll lose focus during implementation or while going through multiple debugging steps and have to find my place again, which really slows me down. And everyone who has requests for the web usually wants them done right away, not two hours from now, because God forbid someone does any planning or communicating in advance when they need something on the website at a specific date and time. I can just see it now: "He read my email, but hasn't responded yet! I am outraged! My request is the most important request!"
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22 months ago
I don't understand why Apple's mail apps can't handle attachments like Outlook. It's SO much better having them at the top of the message and not a giant icon you have to search for at the bottom of long threads. Would be nice to have both options - inline attachments (a la Apple), and message attachments (a la Outlook). Especially for business email.
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22 months ago
Where is CalDAV and CardDAV support?
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22 months ago

Send later is HUGE for me. I can't wait to try it out!


Me too, now I can make my boss and colleagues think I’m working late when I’m sat in the garden drinking a beer
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22 months ago

I like the new features listed. The Apple Mail app needs to gain some new features as well, in my opinion.

It sure does! I would LOVE "send later" and "read receipts" in Apple Mail.
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22 months ago
I've been employed at a very large company, where Exchange/Outlook powers a daily deluge of email. Nothing guarantees that an email will be read like a "recall" notice. And not just pixel-level scrutiny, but plenty of hallway conversation and IM chatter. Really, the priority-level settings should be labeled "Standard, Urgent, and Recall."
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22 months ago
R-E-C-A-L-L.

Shouldn't be too hard, Microsoft.
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22 months ago

This will make many businesses very happy! Those were the most asked questions when I came at offices as an Apple Consultant.


Not really. If you have a volume license (not 365), features like Send Later won't work. If you have your own Exchange server and it isn't Exchange 2016 CU5 or later - it won't work.

As usual, Mac Outlook is FAR behind the Windows version.
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22 months ago

I don't understand why Apple's mail apps can't handle attachments like Outlook. It's SO much better having them at the top of the message and not a giant icon you have to search for at the bottom of long threads. Would be nice to have both options - inline attachments (a la Apple), and message attachments (a la Outlook). Especially for business email.

I don't know about Outlook, not having used it for years, but in Apple Mail attachments are also at the top of the messages, in a popup menu with several actions available like save, quick look, add to Photos, etc.
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