Outlook.com Upgrade Completion Delayed Until First Half of 2017

Posted on August 28, 2016 by Brad Sams in Outlook.com with 0 Comments


Last year, Microsoft announced that they would be upgrading Outlook.com accounts to a new infrastructure and that the transition would be completed by the end of the summer in 2016. But, it looks like that deadline will not be met as a new error dialog inside of Outlook.com provides another timeframe.

If you still have the old layout for Outlook.com and you try to share a calendar with another Outlook.com user, you will see the error message at the top of this post.

The journey to rolling out the new Outlook.com experience has been rather lengthy; it was back in May of 2015 that the company announced the new Outlook.com design and infrastructure changes. In February of 2016, the company stated that the experience was out of beta and after a bit of probing, the roll-out would be done by the end of the summer

I know that some users have been upgraded, while many others, like myself and Paul, do not have the updated design. This latest setback likely means that those who do not have the experience yet, will be waiting even longer.

What’s not clear from the error message is if only the sharing feature wont be completed until the first half of 2017 or if this means the entire Outlook.com infrastructure upgrade wont be completed until that date. For now, know that the company will not be hitting its summer deadline and that it may be up to ten more months of waiting (provided this deadline holds true) before the roll-out is finally completed.

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