Meet “Clutter” – the new Outlook mail clean-up assistant

Yesterday Microsoft rolled out a new feature to Office 365 business subscribers – a tool to help separate the wheat from the chaff in your inbox. The tool is called ‘Clutter’, and you can enable it under Options in Outlook Web App (if your organization hasn’t enabled First Release option for your Office 365 subscription, Clutter will become available later this month):

When you do, it’ll create a new folder called (unsurprisingly) Clutter, and send you a welcome message:

According to Microsoft, Clutter learns from your behavior – whether you use desktop Outlook, OWA, or Outlook on a mobile device – so it may take a bit of time for it to make a significant difference in your inbox. I’ve just enabled mine, and I will post an update about its effectiveness in about a week.

I’m also curious how mail will now be classified as ‘Clutter’ vs. ‘Junk’ – and only time will tell. I do get a fair amount of barely relevant email – stuff that I’m mildly interested in but that’s not at the top of my priority list. If Clutter can successfully filter it, it’ll definitely be a useful tool!

To learn more about Clutter, read the announcement post on the Office Blogs.

What do you think about it? Are you going to use it? Let me know!