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Enabling Focused Inbox – Office 365

As you might be aware Microsoft is introducing a new feature in Office 365 called Focused mailbox. The new feature is effectively replacing the clutter inbox that we have become familiar with, but also adds new features such as the ability to highlight people in the body of an email with the use of the @ symbol in front of the person.

More details can be found @ https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/Focused-Inbox-for-Outlook-f445ad7f-02f4-4294-a82e-71d8964e3978

Microsoft are currently in the process of rolling this out, if however you get itchy feet and want to enable the feature yourself simply run the PowerShell command below.
Note that I would not recommend this feature for Shared mailboxes, but if you want to go ahead just remove the filter.

Enable Focused Mail for Your Office 365 Tenant

$UserCredential = Get-Credential -Message "Office 365 Administrator Account Login"
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session
Set-OrganizationConfig -FocusedInboxOn $True

Enable Focused Mail for All Users

$UserCredential = Get-Credential -Message "Office 365 Administrator Account Login"
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session
Get-Mailbox | Where-Object {$_.RecipientTypeDetails -ne "SharedMailbox"} | Set-FocusedInbox -FocusedInboxOn $True


Update : 5/10/2016

Microsoft have delayed the roll-out of this feature, you can still prepare your mailboxes for the focused feature but your Office 365 tenant will need to be focused enabled by Microsoft.

Jetze Mellema has a blog post on this – https://jetzemellema.blogspot.ie/2016/10/focused-inbox-for-outlook-is-delayed.html?spref=tw

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Maurice Daly

Maurice has been working in the IT industry for the past 20 years and currently working in the role of Senior Cloud Architect with CloudWay. With a focus on OS deployment through SCCM/MDT, group policies, active directory, virtualisation and office 365, Maurice has been a Windows Server MCSE since 2008 and was awarded Enterprise Mobility MVP in March 2017. Most recently his focus has been on automation of deployment tasks, creating and sharing PowerShell scripts and other content to help others streamline their deployment processes.

2 comments

  • Be aware that the feature is not actually deployed, so enabling Focused Inbox with Set-FocusedInbox will not bring any change until Microsoft decides to roll-out the feature.

    Another thing, Get-Mailbox without -Resultsize does return only the first 1000 results. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Jetze, indeed you are right enabling the feature at this present time just ensures your mailboxes are enabled for it when Microsoft release the upgrade at the back end. Hopefully this shouldn’t be too far away.

      The -Resultsize switch doesn’t apply to my organisation, but thanks for pointing it out ๐Ÿ˜‰

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