Microsoft today announced its new and improved Outlook app for iOS, which supports Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo Mail, and other third-party email services alongside Microsoft’s own Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Exchange. The new app follows the software giant’s acquisition of email app Acompli back in December.
Microsoft is calling the Outlook app “the future of mobile email.” Not only does it allow you to access your mail services and stay on top of your inbox, but it also integrates your calendars, contacts, and even cloud-based storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive.
There’s also a “Focused” inbox, which aims to remove the clutter and present you only with emails that it thinks are important to you. The more you use the app, the better Outlook will be at establishing which emails you’re interested in, and which ones you’re not.
If you’re a previous Acompli user, you’ll already be familiar with it, because it’s essentially the same app with an Outlook logo. But that won’t always be the case; according to Julia White, general manager of Office at Microsoft, the app will be updated weekly with new features and improvements.
“So in a very short period time you’ll start to see variance from the Acompli app that will not be updated after that point,” White added.
Being identical to Acompli for now is by no means a bad thing, either. Acompli was designed to help you be more productive with your email — and that doesn’t just mean replying to them or archiving them faster.
“We need to be able to send better, more useful email, more easily,” explained Javier Soltero, Outlook general manager, in a post on the Office Blogs. “In a mobile world, email on your phone needs to be more than just for reading messages while standing in line for coffee.”
The new Outlook app is aimed at business and enterprise users, but thanks to support for services like Gmail and iCloud, you don’t have to be an enterprise customer to enjoy it. It’s a free download, and you don’t need an Office 365 subscription.
I’ve actually been playing around with Outlook on my iPhone this morning, and so far I really like it — even though I don’t tend to use too many Microsoft products or services. If you’re on the hunt for a decent email app, then, I urge you to give it a try.
Download link:Office Blogs]