I love this feature. It’s like a having an assistant remind you every morning of any commitments you may have made the day or week before, and helps you find focus time so you can carve out an hour or two to accomplish a task or finish that project you just haven’t able to finish.

The Briefing email helps you stay in control of your calendar and be intentional about your day. Within two hours of your workday (as set up in Outlook), you’ll get an email about any relevant items to help you better prepare for the day ahead, including:

Why am I getting this?

You are receiving the Briefing email because this email is currently on for your organization. If you are not receiving the Briefing email, it might be because you previously unsubscribed, or because your administrator has disabled it for you.

Please contact your admin if you’d like to receive the Briefing email. This email is not controlled with the Cortana app and is unrelated to any Cortana on Windows settings. To opt out, go to cortana.office.com.

How it works

The Briefing email looks for actionable tasks in Outlook and includes the top results in the email. If these tasks are related to any upcoming meetings, they’ll be listed in context with the meeting. Meetings will also have links to any attached or potentially related documents.

The Adaptive version of the Briefing email also includes any last-minute options to schedule time to focus on deep work or to work through any of the tasks included in the email. Any existing focus time that’s already scheduled is also referenced in this section.

For more details, see Prepare for meetings and Follow up on tasks.


The Briefing email needs to be set up for your organization by the admin. See Configure the Briefing email for details about configuration.

Need more info or help using this feature? Contact the TeraCloud team today!