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Microsoft’s Outlook App for Android Comes Out Of Preview

Rating : ★★★☆

Microsoft’s Outlook App was launched for Android as a preview version back in January 2015, but now, the company has dropped the “preview” tag from it. As the app was holding high expectations, so the Microsoft’s team while enhancing the performance and squashing bugs had tagged the app as a preview.

Know About The App
Outlook is a free email application that helps you get more accomplished from anywhere with one unified perspective of your emails, contacts, calendar, and attachments. Outlook will automatically surfaces your most imperative messages – over all your email accounts. The company’s advanced email app has received 17 updates, since its release on the Google Play Store.

Outlook app will work with IMAP accounts, Microsoft Exchange Server (such as Exchange 2007 SP2. 2010, etc), as well as Office 365’s Exchange Online Service, Outlook.com (including MSN, Hotmail), etc. It will also work well with Gmail, iCloud, and Yahoo Mail.

Features Of The App

  • Manage Your Inbox – Outlook automatically sorts your inbox for you. Users can rapidly swipe right or left to take actions like, to delete, move, archive, flag, or schedule the messages. Users can personalize the swipe gestures according to their habits. Users can schedule the emails accordingly, i.e., if they want to view them later on, and they will return to your inbox at a later time.
  • Built-in-Calendar – The app will allow the user to effectively see their calendar, notify the user with appointment reminders, find available meeting times and share them via emails or schedule a meeting. Hence, it will alert you about the future appointments, so that you don’t miss them.
  • Attachments – View and attach any file or documents from your email, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other accounts with just a few taps of a button. Users can also send large files even if the users haven’t downloaded them onto their phone.
  • Fast Search – Users can now filter their inbox to get only those messages which are unread, flagged, or have attachments. With a single tap, users will now be able to quickly find the right messages, people and files by typing just a few letters.

Advance Features
The new email app comes with more advanced features than its preview debut.

  • In terms of design, the app gets an improved look, wherein the icon sets have been updated.
  • Other additions include Global Address List (GAL) in the people section. The top contact vies has now got replaced with a unified view of contacts from various email accounts.
  • The fonts have been simplified to provide a more consistent Outlook experience across any operating systems and devices.
  • In the App Overflow menu, Navigation Drawer and settings have been added.
  • Users now can easily find the contact details of others working in their company, even if they are not saved as a contact.
  • The UI has been translated into 30 languages: Danish, English, Swedish, Russian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Croatian ,Finnish, French, Portuguese, German, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Romanian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

With the widespread release of the Outlook App for Android, it once again drives home the fact that, this ain’t your momma’s Microsoft. Under the leadership of Satya Nadella (CEO), the company has now adopted a ‘Mobile-first, Cloud-first’ quintessence that has “finally freed Microsoft’s various services from the shackles of Windows to thrive on competing platforms”.

Bottom Line
The app now comes with a new feel and look, and can be downloaded from Google Play Store.The app runs on all mobile devices with Android 4.0 and greater versions operating systems.

Microsoft’s Outlook App is still in its basic stage and scores only 3.5/5 at Google Play right now, but it’s been receiving lots of updates and we are still optimistic about its prospects.

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