If you have enabled the ‘Flagged email’ option from settings in To Do, then any email you flag in Outlook will show up under the ‘Flagged email’ smartlist.
From the Outlook web app, you can create a task out of an email by right-clicking —> Advanced actions —> Create task. You can also select a message in the body of an email and create a task out of it.
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Users would benefit from greater integration between MSFT To Do (MTD) and Outlook. Flagging emails is insufficient. Having a MTD app for Outlook should empower users to eliminate the additional step of creating a formal to-do action after setting up a flag in Outlook. The flag only captures an emailed artefact. It doesn't fully indicate the action items of a task in the MTD app. For that, an additional step is required. Users should only be required to touch the email and corresponding to-do one (ideally at the time the user reads the email and attachments (if any). Flagged items are useful reminders, but not very useful to assign tasks to oneself, others, or both. A similar approach should be applied to Teams. If I'm accessing Outlook from Teams, or in a Teams meeting, or accessing a post, or reviewing a chat from a meeting, I should be able to seamlessly set up/assign a MSFT To-Do from wherever I am at that time. Then, the first thing I do is open Teams and MSFT To-Do to assess my daily activities.