Email and attachment layout for Outlook on the Web

Lately I’ve been seeing and experiencing more features specific to Outlook on the Web that makes me lean even more towards using that as my primary email client. Sandra Mahan brought this one to my attention last week, and I really love how it combines an email attachment and email content in a way that makes context even easier to keep front and center. Here’s how that looks…

In my Outlook on the Web page, I have an email that contains an attachment. I see the whole email in my preview pane on the right side, and I can click on the attachment there:

Machine generated alternative text:
p Search 
Delete Archive S Junk 
V 
Outlook 
New message 
Folders 
Inbox 
Sweep 
O 
Focused Other 
Duff, Thomas 
> Here's an important attachment! 
Move to v 
Filter v 
6:48 AM 
Undo 
Categorize V @ Snooze 'v' 
Here's an important attachment! 
Duff, Thomas 
Tue 5/12/2020 6:48 AM 
To: Duff, Thomas 
TestEmailFile.xlsx 
Thomas (Tom) Duff

When I click on the attachment to open it, a new window opens that has the attachment on the left and the email on the right, allowing me to have both the email content and the attachment side-by-side. And if I need more space for the attachment, I can always click the Hide Email link in the upper-right corner to show only the attachment:

Machine generated alternative text:
Excel TestEmailFile.xlsx 
Excel 
E] Hide email 
x 
File 
Undo 
C14 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
16 
17 
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
23 
24 
25 
26 
27 
28 
29 
30 
Home 
Paste 
Clipboard 
Insert 
Formulas 
Font 
D 
Data 
Review 
View 
Alignment 
Help 
TestEmailFile - View-only 
Tell me what you want to do 
Conditional Format 
Formatting - as Table 
Cell 
- Styles - 
Insert 
Delete 
Cells 
Format 
O 
Clear - 
Sort & 
Filter 
Editing 
Find & 
Select 
Number 
Tables 
c 
Ideas 
Ideas 
S 
Duff, Thomas 
Comments 
Help Improve Office 
Here's an important attachment! 
Duff, Thomas 
Tue 5/12/2020 6:48 AM 
To: Duff, Thomas 
TestEmailFile.xlsx 
Thomas (Tom) Duff 
8 
Sheetl 
Workbook Statistics

This is another example of how the “cloud first” philosophy of Microsoft 365 is leading to some cool features that you’ll only find on the web.

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