Read receipts in Outlook.com

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Given this issue was identified in 2013, it is sad it is still an ongoing concern. Is there any hope of a read receipt in the near future?

 

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Last updated September 9, 2018 Views 1,818 Applies to:
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The read receipt feature is currently not available in Outlook.com

However when you have been updated to Outlook Mail (Preview) you will have this responding to read receipt option.

See snip below.

To opt in to the new Preview go here.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlookpreview/default.aspx

The new updated Outlook.com (Preview) will be rolled out to all users over time.

Note there is no returning to what was once you have Preview.



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I don't see anything in the options above that addresses requesting a read receipt, it only asks how you want to handle a request from incoming emails.  I thought this was about requesting receipts for outgoing emails.

Exactly - the responses are about dealing with a read receipt when requested. From reading other posts it seems that there is no intention to provide this on outlook.com webmail. Other free webmail providers allow this facility.

To request a read receipt you will need to use an 'email client' such as Windows Live Mail, Outlook or Outlook Express. It is quite simple to set up and it works. The disadvantage of using an email client is that your mail is only stored on one device - unless someone tells me a way round this. I prefer Outlook Express to Windows live mail - which does not have 'identities' and seems to store each email in a seperate file.

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