Microsoft Outlook has received several updates recently, including a redesigned app and integration with a new Microsoft To Do app. We also recently covered a host of email contact-management updates and today can bring you news of a further update in this manner. It looks like Microsoft is working on an update for Outlook that will automatically remove all duplicated contacts from your address book.
A new entry has been spotted on the Microsoft 365 roadmap, which Microsoft uses to announce upcoming tweaks and minor updates to Microsoft 365 apps and programmes. The entry describes a new feature called Contact Deduplication, which will roll out to Outlook for Web users.
According to the entry, the move is designed to help users stay on top of their email contact lists and stop them from getting out of control with duplicated contacts. It says:
“People are at the center of our lives, and we start every digital connection via contacts. Hence, a clean, up-to-date contact list is critical for better collaboration and productivity. We are happy to announce that cleaning up duplicate contacts just got a lot easier with the de-duplication feature in Outlook Web App (OWA).”
The new feature should already be rolling out on a Worldwide General Availability basis as the entry says that it will be available in September 2022. However, unless you know that you have duplicated contacts in your address book there will be no way to check if you have received the update or not. This is just one of those quality-of-life features that will work away in the background.
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