Microsoft recently ported its flagship email software, Microsoft Outlook, to iPhone and iPad. We decided to take this brand-new app for a test drive, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the app exceeded our expectations.
Though I’ve never really had an issue with Apple’s default mail app, I’ve always found it lacks basic features that would make email management a lot easier. However, I never thought I’d see the day when such a powerful desktop program would make its way to iPhone and iPad. As you can imagine, I had incredibly high expectations for Microsoft Outlook. I can definitely say that I’m not disappointed.
Unlike most email apps for iPhone and iPad, Microsoft Outlook goes above and beyond simple message management and organization. The app aims to not only bring all of your email accounts together in one place, but it also supports calendar integration and attachment management.
As someone who has a handful of email accounts, being able to comfortably navigate them is incredibly important to me. This was one of the first things I wanted to try when taking Microsoft Outlook for a test drive. I was impressed to find that I had all of my email accounts added to the app within a couple of minutes.
One of the things I really like about Microsoft Outlook’s consolidated inbox interface is that it automatically prioritizes emails for you so you have a better chance of seeing the most important emails first. This “Focused” feature is wonderful because it means you don’t have to sort through junk mail in order to find an important message.
When it comes to managing your calendar, Microsoft Outlook does a fantastic job with that, as well. The calendar interface is very clean and easy to navigate, and you’ll no longer have to worry about switching back and forth between your email app in your calendar app. Plus, when composing an email, you can optionally create event invitations and send your availability schedule within the app.
Also, when composing an email, you can choose to include your current location if needed. This is perfect for sending out emails and/or invitations, because you don’t have to worry about getting the address wrong.
Lastly, Microsoft Outlook supports major file storage services such as OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box. Personally I’ve never come across an iOS email app that allowed you to upload attachments from file storage services, so this is a major plus.
Overall, Microsoft Outlook definitely exceeded my expectations and it certainly lives up to its name. You no longer have to use multiple apps to manage your email contacts, schedule, and email messages. The interface is incredibly easy to navigate and you’ll be composing emails in no time. This is definitely a must have app for iPhone and iPad.
Microsoft Outlook requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.