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Windows 10 Mail about to get much less annoying

Barry Collins
4 Sep 2015
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New option to allow Mail users to switch off Conversation view

Microsoft is about to make life easier for those who prefer to read emails in the order they arrived, with the option to switch off Conversation view in the Windows 10 Mail app.

Conversation view groups emails from the same conversation into a single thread. This has the benefit of making the inbox tidier when one of those round-robin emails gets 20 replies in quick succession, but many people prefer to simply read email in the chronological order that they arrived. 

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Until now, the Windows 10 Mail app has insisted on inboxes adopting Conversation view, which is also the default view in the full-blown version of Microsoft Outlook. However, Windows Insiders receiving the latest betas of Windows 10 report that there's now the option to switch off Conversation view in the Mail app, which means it should make its way into the mainstream OS in time for the big Windows 10 refresh that will apparently arrive this November.

Windows 10 has moved to a system of rolling updates, meaning features are tested on Windows Insiders before being patched into the mainstream operating system. Home users no longer have the option to opt out of updates, with Microsoft sending them down the pipe whenever the PC is connected to the internet. 

Figures released this week show that Windows 10 already has a 5% share of the desktop operating systems market, barely a month after its release as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and 8.