Microsoft recently announced a new feature for Office 365 called “Clutter”. So, what is Clutter? When will it be available and how do I enable it?
What is Clutter
Clutter is a productivity feature that will be available to Office 365 Business customers. It uses Office Graph, which is a machine learning concept being used in Yammer, that helps to de-clutter Inboxes. It does this buy creating a new folder in Outlook called “Clutter” and filters less important emails from your Inbox to the Clutter folder. Great, but how does it actually work? Well, it learns preferences based on user habits like documents read and shared by the user as well as messages the user is likely to ignore. According to Microsoft, Clutter gets smarter over time.
Clutter comes disabled by default but once activated, less important messages will be filtered to the Clutter folder. This will aid those users who do not use mailbox rules to sort messages. Microsoft states that Clutter will not interfere with existing mailbox rules as they will continue to work. Users can help train Clutter by moving messages to/from the Clutter folder. The default retention policy for newly created folders will be applied to the Clutter folder but can be changed if desired.
You can take advantage of Clutter across many email clients including Outlook, OWA, OWA for devices, or EAS connected devices.
When is it available
Clutter is being rolled out as we speak to those English language customers who have opted-in to Microsoft’s First Release program followed by standard deployments later this month. As I have opted-in the program in my test lab, Clutter was available on the day of announcement. For additional information on the program and how to enable it, click here.
How do I enable Clutter
Each person controls whether to enable Clutter. Log into your OWA account, click on the cog wheel and select Options.
In the options menu select Clutter, click the radio button for Separate items identified as Clutter and SAVE.
Back in Outlook you will notice a new folder called “Clutter”.
Microsoft warns that some users may notice no changes in the Inbox at first. This is due to Clutter still searching for strong predictions. This will improve over time as user habits are learned. You can disable the Clutter feature at anytime. The folder will remain in place with the messages.
If you want to help train Clutter you can move messages from the Inbox by right-clicking on a message and select “Mark as clutter”. If messages get filtered into Clutter by accident, you can move them back to the Inbox by right-clicking the message in the Clutter folder and selecting “Mark as not clutter”.
So what do you think? Is this a feature you find useful?