What's New in the New Outlook for Mac? - June Update

Published 06-04-2020 04:23 PM 7,433 Views

Over the past few months, we have continued to introduce new features and capabilities to the new Outlook for Mac in Insider Fast. We have listened to your feedback and are introducing even more updates so you can get the most out of Outlook. This month wreleased many new features to improve how you manage your calendar, such as add-ins, sensitivity labeling, the ability to create an event from an email, and much more. Check out everything that is new in Insider Fast Build 16.38 (20052800) and above: 


Make the most of your inbox 

  • Add-ins – Install and use your favorite add-ins and enhance your productivity within Outlook. Add-ins that work with Office JavaScript  API 1.6 and below are fully supported. We are currently working on support for API 1.7+.  
  • Sensitivity labels – Protect sensitive information across your organization. Classify messages based on their confidentiality and sensitivity to ensure those viewing your email understand how they should treat the information enclosed. 
  • What’s new – Stay up to date on new features and capabilities within Outlook and try them out yourselfCheck out the What’s new pane to see the latest updates and make the most of your inbox and calendar. You can get to it by clicking on the megaphone icon on the top right corner of Outlook, click on the various feature and capability tiles to see brief animations showcasing the feature, and even try out new features right from within each tile. 

Customize your inbox and enhance productivity with add-ins.Customize your inbox and enhance productivity with add-ins.


Focus on what matters with enhancements to contacts and people 

  • People view – The people view for the new Outlook Mac is here! Explore contacts that are important to you, you collaborate with often, and even those you may want to follow up with – all from the same place. Easily create new contacts and make updates to existing entries directly from this new view. 
  • People search – Search goes beyond just emails and helps you discover important contacts and colleagues. Searching for contacts works intuitively when you are using the people view- simply use the search bar on top of Outlook.  
    • When searching for someone, click on their avatar image in search suggestions to view additional details about them, such as their organizational chart, name, and email address. 

Create new contacts and view them alongside other important colleagues.Create new contacts and view them alongside other important colleagues.


Manage your email and calendar with ease 

  • Create event from email – Some emails really are better off as meetings. Include all email recipients and the entire email thread in an event – all directly from the message. 
  • Suggested times – Finding an ideal time to meet can be challenging. Now, when composing an event, Outlook will take out the guesswork and suggest a time when all attendees are available. 
  • Read receipts – Ensure that important email was read by key recipients. Track who has opened and viewed your message by requesting read receipts when composing the mail.  
  • Additions to expanded Search – When searching for something specific, select “Add More Options” to narrow your search by fields such as Cc, Bcc, priority, read status, flag status, or category. 

Suggested times makes creating an event with multiple people a breeze.Suggested times makes creating an event with multiple people a breeze.


Coming Soon... 

  • Open shared calendars – See all of your commitments in one place with the ability to open shared calendars you have been added to and see them alongside your personal schedule. 
  • S/MIME – Enhance the security of your email with digital message encryptionextra protection that ensures emails can only be opened by recipients that have the correct key. 


Keep up with what’s new 

To check out these new features and experience the new Outlook for Mac, sign up for Insider Fast. 


We will be posting updates just like this on Tech Community to inform you of new features and capabilities that you can try out in the new Outlook for Mac. Check back here for regular updates and visit our Release Notes for more detail on updates and fixes. In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about the most recent features and let us know what you are looking forward to next in UserVoice 


As a reminder, the new Outlook for Mac is only available for Office 365, Outlook.com, and Google accounts using macOS 10.14 Mojave and above. If you are having account issues, do not see your account, or cannot access it in the new Outlook for Mac, visit the support page. 


Check out what was announced in the May update


Occasional Contributor

It's getting pretty good, better than the Windows version! 

When will it be available to the general public?

Senior Member

I don't see add-ins or receipts in the latest Outlook.


Edit: I found out that it's being rolled out gradually.

Occasional Visitor

HI this looks very nice! i have a question around sensitivity labels.

on Windows, I can use the AIP labeling client to enforce restrictions like block sending to untrusted domains, show popup etc. (advanced settings of the sensitivity labels on powershell https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/information-protection/rms-client/clientv2-admin-guide-custom... ) 


Can I achieve the same functionally on MAC as well?

Occasional Contributor

Access to Contacts seems to have been unceremoniously removed since yesterday. Anyone else have the same experience?

Not applicable

Share to Teams Add-in is not working in New Outlook. The share window opens up with blank message window. If I switch to OLD it works fine though. 




Occasional Contributor

I see that it has the immensely unpopular "Search in the title bar" anti-feature. Breaks basic platform UI rules, worse than the old search, 2700 votes against on Uservoice...

Frequent Visitor

I noticed that with the new view, all of my sub folders from my inbox are not visible. I haven't found a way to expand the inbox to show. They still exist in old few and Outlook in browser. Anyone else see that behavior or know of a work around?



Update: All sub folders returned with a close and reopen of Outlook.

Regular Visitor

Mhh... i see this Screenshots and it looks kinda user friendly but mine looks the same old way, it looks like since 1 Year.

How do I activate the new design? I have the 16.39 installed.

Occasional Visitor

Hi All,


I am quite fresh on this blog, so could you redirect me to some outlook specialist (MacOS)?

My outlook got crazy an I am desperately seeking for help?


Not applicable

@Robert_Z , Its unlikely for you to get MS support here.. You may want to try the Contact Support Option in Outlook..  You can post your issue here may be any of the bloggers here can help or provide suggestions to your problem.



I expected that the "People" menu would sow all AD contacts from the Office365 AD server, but now the list is empty. Wierd. 

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