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Microsoft Releases Daily Briefing Feature for Outlook

Posted Date: 17 Nov 2020

Effective Date: 17 Nov 2020

Microsoft recently released a new feature called Daily Briefing to all Northwestern Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) users. The feature sends a daily email from Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant software. The email is designed to help manage users’ tasks, identify outstanding requests, identify available time on their calendar, and suggest focus time to help users balance their workday. Users can opt-out of this feature at any time.

Key Features

Impact on the Northwestern Community

Not all users will notice this feature at the same time. Microsoft has begun releasing Daily Briefing on a rolling basis. When users do receive their personalized brief in Outlook, the subject line will read, “Your daily briefing,” from, with a friendly name of “Cortana.”

The email includes relevant items to help better prepare for the day ahead. If Cortana does not find any suggestions, the briefing email will not be received for that day. Please note that Microsoft is not “reading” emails, and no metrics are being shared.

For more information about getting started with Cortana briefing email, visit the Knowledge Base.

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