Outlook for Android and iPhone will redefine reading Emails on your Mobile

Microsoft has announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Why use the new Outlook app instead? We’re glad you asked!

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Let’s take a look at some ways Outlook helps you accomplish more:

Get back on top of your inbox

Email overload is the new norm. That’s why Outlook helps you focus on what is most important and clear out the rest.

The new Outlook app separates your mail into two tabs—Focused and Other. Important emails appear in your Focused inbox, while the rest remain easily accessible—but out of the way. If you move email in or out of your Focused inbox, Outlook learns this about you and gets even more tailored to your priorities. Are you no longer reading that newsletter you signed up for? Outlook has a one-click unsubscribe to help you stop unwanted mail.

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The Focused Inbox works across all of your email accounts to help you focus on what matters.

With Outlook’s customizable swipe gestures, rapid email triage is literally a one touch experience. You can swipe right or left to take actions like archive, delete, move, flag, mark as read/unread or schedule. Unlike other email apps, Outlook lets you personalize these swipe gestures to match your unique email habits. For email that you want to handle later, the ‘Schedule Email’ feature temporarily removes email from your inbox, to return at the time you choose.

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Schedule messages to temporarily leave your inbox and return at the time you choose.

Finding important emails is now lightning fast. Outlook’s predictive search quickly finds the right emails, people and files as you type just a few letters. Outlook also lets you pivot on People, so you can see the people you email with most often and easily find all the emails, meetings and files shared with those people.

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People view shows people you email with most often and
lets you conveniently drill down to see all related emails, meetings and shared files.

Best of all, these features work across your favorite email accounts, including Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, iCloud, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail.

Need to schedule a meeting? No sweat!

Most email apps completely ignore your calendar or have a minimal level of integration. In Outlook, your calendars are available right within the app, allowing direct interaction with your email, including features like viewing meeting details, invitees and their attendance status. The ‘Quick RSVP’ feature lets you respond to meetings (Accept / Tentative / Decline) right from your inbox, without even opening the mail.

What really sets Outlook apart is how it helps you manage your calendar on the go. The ‘Send Availability’ feature lets you find and share available meeting times in email with ease. Once you’ve settled on a time, you can even create a meeting invitation—all handled without leaving the app.

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With a few clicks, you can highlight available times on your calendar and insert a list into the body of your email.

Attachments made easy

People are catching on to the benefits of cloud storage, including the ability to work together on a single document. But when working in email on a mobile device, it can be difficult to add links to cloud documents and give recipients permission to view the files. As a result, people often wait to get back to their computers before sharing documents, or stay in the habit of sending traditional attachments.

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Insert a link to file in the body of your email.
Recipients automatically are permissioned to view the file.

Outlook makes it simple to share files stored in the cloud.  With just a few taps, you can insert a link to any file from OneDrive, Dropbox and other popular accounts in your email message. Recipients are automatically granted permission to view these files, with no extra steps.

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Quickly find that document you need with universal search and quick filters to sort by file type.

Need to find a file quickly? No problem. Outlook provides a view of your recently received email attachments, so you don’t have to go searching through email to find that document you need. Outlook also lets you search across both your cloud storage and your email attachments at once, with Quick Filters to let you quickly sort by file type.

Designed for iOS and Android

The Outlook app feels natural on both iOS and Android. For example, on iOS, you will notice familiar icons and actions for creating new messages, identifying new mail and taking actions like archive and delete. On Android, we use the Navigation Drawer to house the multiple tools offered in the app and have common actions like settings available in the App Overflow menu.

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 Outlook was built with the unique design principles of iOS and Android in mind.

Across both iOS and Android, the Outlook app works great on phone or tablet. For both the iPad and larger Android devices, additional screen size is used to unlock additional views like a two paned email list, week view in calendar and the ability to see a preview of your files.

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 Outlook is adaptive to fit the device you are using, especially larger devices like the iPad and Android tablets.

The future

We’ve examined a few of the ways that Outlook helps you get more done on a phone or tablet. To try out these features and see even more of what the app can do, download it from the iOS App Store and Google Play.

We will be iterating quickly to bring new features to Outlook, shipping new versions of the app every few weeks. We’ll add user-focused features that help you get even more done while on the go, and we’ll also expand the capabilities that matter to IT, such as mobile device management.