At its Exchange Conference in Austin today, Microsoft detailed some smart new features that it is going to add to the Outlook web app for Office 365 in the near future. Corporate vice president of Office Service and Servers group, Jeff Teper, said that the company is now moving forward with the “cloud-first, mobile-first communications,” strategy. The features will be based on Office Graph, which Microsoft announced a month ago.
“Clutter” is a code-name for a new feature that Microsoft is currently testing. It would be Clutter’s job to leverage knowledge about users’ daily activities at work and use it to automatically remove emails from the inbox that it believes don’t require users’ immediate attention. Users will get the option to train Clutter by having the ability to mark emails as such, this will help it learn which emails are absolutely important at work.
Microsoft also aims to make document sharing through the Outlook web app for Office 365 easier. For this its tapping the OneDrive for Business service, due to launch tomorrow as well as Office Web Apps. Users will be able to attach links to files on OneDrive, without having to actually attach them with an email. They will also be able to set permissions for people allowed to edit the files.
Teper added that Microsoft is working to unifying the concepts around its popular Office suite, and that it will continue to invest in essential features like eDiscovery DLP, encryption and archiving. The new features will be rolled out to users later this year.