Microsoft Gives Email Users Control with Outlook Update

May 13, 2014 04:25 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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Microsoft is rolling out some impressive updates for its Outlook.com email, allowing users to have more control over their inbox by filtering important messages.

Announcing the changes on Tuesday, Microsoft has created a set of "advanced rules" to let users sort, file and otherwise customize their email, TechCrunch reported.

"You can create multi-condition and multi-action rules and set your inbox to organize itself automatically," Microsoft's Mike Schackwitz said in a company blog post.

One example of an advanced rule is "If an unread email is older than 3 days and is from one of your contacts, mark it as important and flag it." The new system will bring important emails back to the top of your inbox if they are overlooked, something that can easily happen when users get an average of 28 emails a day.

In another handy change, Microsoft has added an "Undo" button for when you accidentally delete an email or put an email in the wrong folder. By clicking undo or pressing Ctrl+Z, mistakes can be quickly mended.

Outlook will also have an in-line reply option, which allows you to respond to an email thread without pulling up a new view.

Overall, Microsoft's transition from Hotmail to Outlook has been successful, and the company put its user base at around 400 million active users last year, TechCrunch reported. 

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