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How threaded email conversations work in Outlook Office 2010

Gmail Conversations is one of the features that made Gmail not only standout from other mail services competitors but also made it much more successful. However this feature wasn’t supported the exact way in the Email Clients like Microsoft Office Outlook until Office 2010 version came out.

Threaded conversation in Outlook 2010

Threaded conversation in Outlook 2010

Talking in broader sense, Outlook 2010 has improved a lot in terms of communication, conversation and bringing things we do regularly at one place ( e.g. Quick Steps ). In this post we will talk on How conversation are maintained in Outlook.

Threaded Email Header:

Outlook creates a threaded email based one certain factors but the most visible part you would see is the Mail Subject, though it is just part of factor.  All threaded mails are collapsed by default and is represented by Double Envelope. Like the one you see below.

Outlook Email Threaded Header

Outlook Email Threaded Header

The interesting part of it is that it displays the latest replier in the From Column which changes when the latest replier gets changed.

When you click on the double envelope, it opens the thread and displays all the mails in the regular fashion.

Recursive Threaded Email Conversation

The next part which is noticeable is that threaded conversations are recursive. Outlook can track a thread inside thread.

Recursive threaded email

Recursive threaded email

This makes it easier to understand when a reply is sent to any of the particular participant in the conversation or was it send to all of them.

Breaking the conversation

In case you want to split the whole conversation and break it into individual email there is an easy way to do it which is shown below. Notice how the arrow right below the double envelope changes accordingly.

Unthreaded email conversations

Unthreaded email conversations

The threaded conversation has given a new charisma to Outlook, probably the most wanted feature which has become a part of our daily networking. Outlook has improved a lot more in communication part, few of which I am planning to cover in future.  Happy Threading the conversations!!.


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