I am looking if this is possible in Outlook/office365; or generally to do something like this while sending email

we are doing bad job at X {@John: Adam is screwing this every time. Don't reply to this - you're BCC}
we need to improve

I want to insert content that will be visible only to specific user, in this case John.

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    Send a separate email. What happens if you mess it up? Now Adam knows you are complaining about him to John. – Michael Frank May 16 at 0:57
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    Outlook doesn't provide a feature like this. I doubt there is a way to achieve this in Outlook/Office 365. Why not just send two separate messages like the others suggested? – Steve Fan 2 days ago

Email doesn't work like that.

While it may be possible to write code that MIGHT have that affect, only setting the text to visible if certain criteria are met, the important thing to note is that Adam's email client will receive the exact same email and it would be trivial for Adam to see that "hidden" message.

No, if you wish to send a message in an email that one person WILL NOT SEE, the only correct way to do that is to NOT send the message to that one person.

  • I was thinking more along the lines of Outlook. If it has some tool that can do it. Because message could have encrypted parts in its body and lets say, only if viewed on John's client box, it could be read. then again, this is just theory. – T.S. May 16 at 0:06
  • Huh.. How did I not see your answer before I commented? – Michael Frank May 16 at 1:01
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    @T.S.: Even if it couldn't be decrypted by normal recipients, it would still reveal to them that there are some other hidden recipients, and I think it'd be confusing even for this BCC to see such a message. (For that matter, BCC is often confusing in general. I would echo the recommendation I've seen of sending the original message only to Adam, then forwarding it John with your commentary added.) – grawity May 16 at 5:20
  • @grawity with my boss, 2 emails is only solution. He starts to reply all like crazy – T.S. 2 days ago

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