And while parts of Microsoft seem to stumble badly every time they make a promise, the firm’s new Outlook team has had no problem keeping up a blistering pace when it comes to updating their mobile app for Android and i OS.
And this week, it’s delivered another great set of updates.
At the time, the firm promised that it would quickly update this new Outlook app so that it could remove previous mobile apps like OWA and from Google Play Store and App Store, and consolidate around this one app.But to do so, Outlook would need to pick up some missing features.Since then, Microsoft has steadily improved Outlook on Android and i OS, release updates roughly every two weeks. The People section in Outlook is now “a complete address book,” Microsoft says, with a unified view of contacts from all of the configured email accounts.I haven’t posted about every single update, but the biggest one was in late February, when the software giant added a number of security-related features to the app. Now, you can view each contact, launch a new email, start a phone call, map your way to their location, and easily find all the emails, meetings and files shared with the contact. Thanks to “unique controls in Android,” People works even better on Google’s mobile platform.That is, the unified contacts view also includes any contacts stored on the phone, not just the contacts associated with email accounts. The People section can also be used to search your organization’s Office 365- or Exchange Server-based Global Address List (GAL), so you can find the contact details for people who are not in your address book.
You can search explicitly for people in People, or do so implicitly by typing their name in the To: field of a new email message.
(You can also find other items in your company’s GAL, including conference rooms, distribution lists and Groups.) Improved Calendar experience.
You can access a new three day view when you view Calendar in landscape view.
(This is especially useful on larger devices like the i Phone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Microsoft says.) Additionally, Calendar now supports zero-length meetings (which I use all the time), a “Remove from calendar” action for cancelled meetings, and an improved day picker when creating and editing meetings. When you search for items in Outlook, the search term are now highlighted in the results, which is one of those very obvious features that requires little explanation. Microsoft says it has made a number of fit and finish improvements to Outlook.
The only thing to note here is that it’s i OS-only for now. You can now “Select all” to perform bulk operations on messages in a folder (i OS-only for now, coming soon to Android).
You can now undo bulk operations like delete and archive.