Quick Add Panel and Compose Bar

The quick-add panel was an existing feature from a previous wave that suffered from “Ad blindness”. Because of its location, and visual presentation the Quick-Add Panel was frequently mistaken for a skyscraper ad.

Users also didn’t really understand the value of the feature - which was to surface rich content from Bing in the compose view and allow users to insert information like maps, movie times, images, videos, etc. Directly in the body of the email. 

I proposed moving these content types into the rich text editor, which would use an animated transition to reveal thepanel from the left side When the user clicked  a quick add item in the email compose view . This solved two problems.


Users understand attaching content to mail. By representing inserting (say a map and directions) into the body of mail in the same way are familiar adding documents and photos, makes sense to the user.