Microsoft Outlook has been one of the longest lasting and most popular e-mail clients for PC users. Say what you will about it, Outlook has evolved over the years to rival the likes of Mozilla Thunderbird and other e-mail clients trying to replace it. Microsoft Office 365: Outlook 2013 brings the Windows 8 modern feel to its e-mail client.

Last installment, we showed you how to get started with OneNote. In this installment on Microsoft Office 365, we’ll walk you through the new Outlook.

What’s new in Microsoft Office 365: Outlook?

Take a look at the new Outlook

Outlook 2013 is a whole new ball game for Outlook users. Even if you have ditched Outlook long ago, take a look at what the new e-mail client from Microsoft has to offer.

Outlook 2013 also offers these additional features:

  • Previewing messages in the message list give you a brief overview before opening them
  • Can now respond with inline answering
  • Utilize commands in message listing to work with e-mails

The basic way to set up a new e-mail account is the same, so you will be asked to do that first when logging into the new Outlook.


Once you have set up your e-mail, you’ll be introduced to the new modern UI for Outlook 2013.


It takes on the same streamlined feel of previous software we’ve overviewed in Office 365 and meshes in nicely with what the whole visual change to Windows 8 offers.

As you can see in the left hand window pane of Outlook, the message preview that has been added to the program.

You can interact with your e-mails at the top of Outlook as well as with them directly.

If you click File, you can go to the main menu for Outlook which has the same look as other titles in the Office 365 suite.


This allows you to add e-mails, social networks, cleanup your mailbox and even add alerts to Outlook. You can also access the Options for Outlook 2013 and more.


Interested in seeing what OneNote 2013 and the rest of Office 365 has to offer? See how you can get a free month of the subscription service with our guide.