Microsoft has updated the Mail, Calendar and People apps in Windows 8.
The Mail app now has a new “Folder options” button on the app bar to manage multiple levels of folders. It displays a menu with options to create a new folder or subfolder, delete a folder, rename a folder and empty a folder. It is also possible to delete all messages in a folder or mark all messages in a folder as read with a single click.
The option to flag emails or mark them as junk has also been added along with separate views for flagged and unread messages. There is a new option in the settings of the Mail app to disable automatic marking of messages as read when they are clicked.
Syncing of mail is faster and more reliable and the search option now searches all mail on the server instead of only the previous two weeks. It is also now possible to search just by typing like on the Start screen. A new Print button has also been added to the app bar to make printing more discoverable.
When writing an email, a list of frequent recipients is displayed and is filtered while typing the recipient. It is now possible to add bulleted or numbered lists and add hyperlinks to text. Pasting formatted content from other apps also works more reliably.
Drafts of an email are automatically saved while writing the email, which makes it possible to do other things in the app and then click the draft to return to composing the email. When an email is send to a new contact, the app offers to save it in the People app.
The Mail app now supports Outlook.com aliases and is fully interoperable with Microsoft’s Information Right Management (IRM) technologies, which allows restrictions such as preventing an email from being forwarded.
The Calendar app has been updated visually to make it easier to read. Blocks are now white with a coloured line on the left side instead of having a solid colour. There is also a new “Work week” view that provides a view of Monday to Friday.
When snapped, the Calendar app has a time marker with the current time. There is a scheduling assistant that checks the availability of meeting attendees to make it easy to find a time that works with everyone.
The Calendar app integrates the Mail app to make it possible to respond directly to a meeting request with “Accept”, “Tentative” or “Decline”. An email can also be automatically sent to all meeting attendees.
There are also many more recurrence options and the option to set an end date for a recurring event.
The People now integrates with contact information from an employer’s Exchange global address list (GAL) to display information about employees. It also adds a new app bar at the top, similar to the one in the Bing app, that make it easier to switch between “Home”, “Me” and “What’s new”. The “What’s new” section has a new option to filter by social network and it’s now possible to post on a friend’s wall.
Using Windows 8? Download the updated apps from the Windows Store here.