Microsoft Outlook Comes Back Stronger And Better
“We brought that team in and it’s now a core part of the our Outlook team,” Office division Julia White said. That’s what Acompli is boasting of on their website too, saying mobile email “just got a promotion.”
This also means that we can expect the apps to look similar to Acompli apps, brushed with a few strokes of Microsoft Office.
These new apps are to now replace all of Microsoft’s somewhat haphazard Outlook applications, which are diverse across each platform, like Outlook.com for Android and OWA apps for Android and iOS which are only open to paying Office 365 subscribers.
So what is so new about the Outlook apps?
According to the Outlook Team, they realize that smartphones are becoming the preferred screen to check emails on the go. But they also realize that we only use smartphones for “basic email triage” and delay tasks like sorting through large amounts of email, managing calendar, and sharing files to be performed on the computer. So Outlook is now providing the core tools to get all of these things done even on a smartphone screen.
It seems that de-cluttering emails is the “it” thing these days. After Google introduced Inbox, Gmail upped its game by allowing similar sorting and labeling features for emails, to save itself from dying.
That’s what Outlook has tried on as well. The new Outlook now divides your emails into two tabs: Focused and Other. The Focused tab keeps only the important emails, while the rest of the emails (newsletters, offers) are sent to the Other folder.
Moreover, the algorithm behind Outlook is a learning one, and it eventually learns your priorities according to your email checking behavior. So if you haven’t been regularly checking that newsletter from Amazon, it will start sorting the email into the Other folder.
Outlook is also equipped with a one-click button to unsubscribe from any unwanted emails, making life much easier.
Moreover, Outlook also plays with your personal interaction with the email tasks. You can swipe right or left to take actions like archive, delete, move, flag, mark as read/unread or schedule. You can even personalize these swipe gestures to match your unique email habits.
It has also added a ‘Schedule Email’ feature which temporarily removes email from your inbox, to return at the time you choose so you can handle it later.
One of the most useful and interesting feature Outlook has introduced is the integration of a calendar within the app, so that you can schedule meetings, set reminders, view status of attendees and even share your availability times with others.
All in all, the new Outlook seems promising as it will also support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail, and other email providers. The Outlook app also allows you to send attachments through many cloud services, including OneDrive and Dropbox.