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Grow Your Business Technology

Official Outlook App Now Available for iOS

Official Outlook App Now Available for iOS
Credit: Microsoft

Viewing emails on mobile devices is easy and straightforward. Managing them, however, is another story. Now, Outlook users have a better way to access, view and manage emails on the go.

Microsoft unveiled this week the official Outlook app for iOS, bringing the familiar desktop Outlook experience to iPhone and iPad users.

While business users can always use the default Mail app for iOS or their preferred email client, Outlook for iOS delivers faster and easier ways to manage large volumes of work and personal emails on mobile devices. It also integrates Calendar and cloud storage services for better collaboration. [7 Email Apps for iOS]

Email management

Outlook for iOS is packed with features to help business users manage emails in an efficient and intuitive way. These features include an improved inbox, one-touch gestures and faster search:

  • Focused Inbox: Outlook for iOS separates the inbox into two sections: Focused and Other. The Focused tab makes important emails easily accessible, while the Other tab serves as a container for everything else. Users can set which emails go where, and Outlook also learns users' email habits to automatically sort messages.
  • Gestures. Swipe left or right to take actions like archive, delete, move or flag individual emails. Gestures also work to mark messages as read or unread, as well as to schedule them for later viewing. Although most email apps have this feature, Outlook for iOS lets users customize gestures for better personalization.
  • Predictive search. Easily find important emails, people and attachments. Just begin typing, and content will immediately appear on the screen. Outlook also remembers people users email the most, making it easy to quickly find messages, meetings and shared files associated with those contacts.

Calendar integration

Quickly schedule meetings on the go. Just like the Windows and Mac versions of Outlook, Outlook for iOS is directly integrated with emails to let users easily create and respond to meeting invitations.

For instance, using the "Quick RSVP" tool, users can create, accept and decline meetings straight from the app. Additionally, the "Send Availability" feature helps users send available meeting times for more efficient meeting planning. Users can also view meeting details, such as invitees and their responses.

Collaboration tools

Share files with just a few taps. Outlook for iOS streamlines with OneDrive, Dropbox and other popular cloud-storage and file-sharing services for quick collaboration within the app. Use the menu options to insert a link to shared files, and recipients automatically receive permission to view, download and edit those files.

Outlook for Android

In addition to the new Outlook for iOS, Microsoft also announced that Office for Android is now available outside of preview. Android tablet users can now download full versions of Word for Android, Excel for Android and PowerPoint for Android, all from the Google Play store.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.

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