You’ll soon be able to share up to 5,000 folders on Outlook

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about technology ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. He's a PC enthusiast and he... read more
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Shared folder limit in Outlook for Windows increased

The 500 shared folder limit in Outlook is not a very popular feature among users.

Thankfully, Microsoft understood this and decided to lift the existing limit. Microsoft plans to increase this limit to 5,000 shared folders. The tech giant is now well aware of the fact that the previous limitation was annoying for many users.

Over the years, many customers have asked us to address this limitation, and understandably so given the impact. Unfortunately, when we looked at this we would find that it was a multi-year engineering effort to complete the changes necessary to rearchitect Outlook to avoid this.

Jon LeCroy explained in a recent blog post why Microsoft decided to lift the limit. LeCroy stated that Outlook uses deep hierarchy notifications offered by Microsoft Exchange for regular synching of the folders.

Therefore, the client gets a notification about the recent changes in the subtree of a specific folder. Moreover, LeCroy explains about the complication involved in handling shared folders.

This feature will definitely help business users who are always looking for huge storage solutions. Once the update is available, they can easily take advantage of the increased shared folder limit.

The feature will be available for all users starting January 2020

Right now the update is only limited to users currently on the Monthly Channel (targeted) with build 1904 and Monthly Channel with build 1905 or later. LeCroy explains the release schedule as follows:

These changes were released to our Monthly Channel (Targeted) customers  with the April 1904 release, to our Monthly Channel customers with 1905 (11629.20196) and later, and will be coming to our Semi-Annual channel customers on the regular SA schedule (September for Targeted and January for general release.)

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