Microsoft Outlook is going to work a lot more like Facebook

Facebook-style likes and mentions are coming to Microsoft Outlook in the web browser, the company announced this week in a blog entry.

Basically, you’ll be able to “like” an email in a chain, and those likes will show up to everybody in the email thread. Microsoft says this is designed to highlight the most important, relevant messages in a thread for further discussion.

There will also be mentions.

Type an “@” sign before someone’s name within an email, just like on Facebook, and they will get notified that they have been involved in the discussion. That “@” sign will also appear next to the subject line if you’ve been tagged in an email.

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Right now, likes and mentions are only coming to Office 365 users in businesses who are on the early release track. But eventually, Microsoft promises (or threatens), it will come to the desktop versions of Office, as well as the iOS and Android versions of Outlook.

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