An upcoming release of Outlook 2016 for Mac will get something that Outlook/Windows users take for granted: Read Receipts and Delivery Receipts.
It’s hard to believe but the current and past versions of Outlook for Mac don’t have these features.
The feature is now available in Outlook 2016 for Mac with the Slow Insiders version 15.34 (170515). Drag and Drop item creation has also been added.
Delivery Receipt – a message comes back saying the email was accepted by the mail host for delivery.
Read Receipt – a message comes back when the email was marked as Read.
Neither Receipt is particularly reliable in practice. A message might be accepted for delivery but then removed or moved by a spam filter. The receiver can choose to not send a read receipt back.
Long wait for Mac users
It’s taken Microsoft six years to add a standard email feature. Outlook for Mac users must be a very patient lot.
Microsoft is boasting that adding Receipts answers the most common Outlook/Mac feature request. Little wonder, since it’s a key part of email, especially for business users.