If you’re an Outlook user you’ll be happy to learn that Microsoft has released a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Although the Android edition is still a preview, the iOS versions are complete and receiving good reviews.
This app is based on the code Microsoft acquired from Acompli in late 2014, and interestingly, the new general manager for Outlook at Microsoft, Javier Soltero, was actually the former Acompli’s former CEO.
Features of the new app include cloud-based attachment options, some useful filtering tools, a snooze button, a calendar and a contact list.
Cloud storage services currently accessible with the app include Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and Dropbox. OneDrive for Business isn’t yet available, but is promised for the near future.
The “snooze” option is interesting – you can temporarily remove a message from your inbox and bring it back up at a later time. This is done by swiping the email to the right, which brings up the Schedule Selector. You choose from four options: “In a few hours,” “This evening,” “Tomorrow morning,” or “Choose a time.” At which point the message disappears into the Scheduled Folder and reappears at your requested time.
A swipe to the left will allow you to Archive by default, but you can also customize both of these swipe settings to Delete, Flag or Mark Unread.
Another useful feature is the way the Outlook app will automatically sort your mail into two categories: Focused or Other. Also, the Quick Filter option: tap once and you can instantly access your Unread, Flagged or Files-included messages. And another great advantage: a one tap Unsubscribe link for newsletters you don’t want to receive any more.
Even if you don’t use Outlook on your desktop, you might find you really like it for Android or iOS, so why not give it a try? It’s available for download through Apple iTunes and the Google Play Store.