Microsoft Outlook for iOS is actually two smart productivity apps in one. Based largely on Acompli, which was acquired by Microsoft, Outlook is primarily a smart email app that works with a variety of email services including iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail in addition to Microsoft’s Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN, Office 365, and Exchange. Adopting the functionality of Sunrise, which was also acquired by Microsoft, Outlook doubles as a smart calendar app that lets you access your events alongside your emails.
And now, Outlook has just become even smarter with the addition of several new features courtesy of the app’s latest update.
A more powerful inbox
Outlook features a Focused inbox that surfaces your most important messages on top. It also supports swipe gestures to let you quickly schedule, delete and archive messages, and smart filters to help you manage your inbox more easily.
With its integrated calendar, Outlook lets you easily switch between your emails and events to schedule your next or share your availability.
Attachments made easy
Outlook lets you seamlessly attach files from your email, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other storage services. It even allows you to open a Word, Excel or other Office document attachment to edit it in its corresponding app and then attach the edited version to an email you want to send.
With its latest update, Outlook has gained a couple of enhancements to its calendar component. One, pictures of attendees are now displayed below events in the agenda view, enabling you to see at a glance who’s involved in events. And two, you can now press and hold a time slot in the day and three-day views to quickly create a new event.
Touch ID protection
But perhaps the most notable new feature introduced in the new version of Outlook is support for Touch ID. This lets you to protect your inbox and keep your emails private by having the app require your fingerprint to access its contents. To enable Touch ID protection with Outlook, just turn on the switch for the new “Require Touch ID” option in the app’s Settings section.
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Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 8.0 or later, Microsoft Outlook is available on the App Store for free.
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