Outlook Mobile is Getting an Algorithmic Newsfeed

Posted on June 9, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Cloud, Mobile, Office 365 with 6 Comments

Microsoft’s Outlook Mobile app is about to add an algorithmic newsfeed for enterprise accounts. The new feature will roll out later this month on the app’s Search page, and it will surface upcoming meetings, posts from SharePoint and Yammer, and a selection of other organizational content personalized for every user. 

“The new feed allows new and existing content to be intermingled and ranked by what is currently the most important insight for the user. The ranking is personal and adapts to the usage patterns of each user by customizing the content types that the user is most interested in, Microsoft explained earlier this week on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. 

A toggle will be available in the upper right-hand corner of the Outlook Mobile Search page to let users switch between the upcoming feed experience and the sections experience that’s currently available on the Search page. “The section toggle is a temporary feature that will be removed when all the content available in the sections today can be found elsewhere in the OM app, either in the feed or in other features,” Microsoft also explained.

Microsoft expects to start rolling out this new feature in mid-June and all Outlook Mobile users should have it by early August. This new algorithmic newsfeed won’t be available for GCC accounts, and IT Admins in other organizations will also be able to turn it off for their users.

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6 responses to “Outlook Mobile is Getting an Algorithmic Newsfeed”

  1. anoldamigauser

    This feels like a bad idea. One more thing to overwhelm the user with information rather than informing the user.

    <s>I can hardly wait for the MSN feed to be added to outlook mobile for consumers.</s>

    • behindmyscreen

      Please explain how creating an algorithm that surfaces the information someone needs to know now is overwhelming them?

      Could the algo suck? 1000%. That's an implementation failure, not a conceptual failure.

      • jim_vernon

        Because they inevitably fill the feed with bullshit and eventually sponsored content. It's like Microsoft can't even help themselves.

        Examples: Edge new tab page, Win10 weather widget, Win11 widgets, Bing homepage, Microsoft Launcher feed, etc.

    • red.radar

      The fact is that companies already use these tools to communicate. So outlook centralizing these communication streams makes some sense.

      Now I would agree we are overloaded with Communication paths. "Meetings, Email, Team chats, Telephone, Yammer, Sharepoint / Internal websites, Work Management systems such as Azure DevOps..." But I think that is up to the company in how they decide to use the various communication tools

  2. Chris_Kez

    So they're trying to bring SharePoint and Yammer stuff into Outlook, which is where most of their users tend to live (well, there and Teams). I assume Microsoft is hoping this will generate more usage of SharePoint and Yammer. Getting users to install those apps separately is a big hurdle.

  3. Daekar

    I can't think of a thing I need less of than an interface with unpredictable content. I don't have time during the day to just check the outlook feed and see what's there, real productivity requires a lot more consistency and certainty than any feed I have ever seen.