Over the last few days, I have been testing the new Outlook App for the iOS and Android and I wanted to share my findings. Outlook App is a new release piggy backing on one of Microsoft's latest buys. The Outlook app will allow you to connect to Microsoft Exchange and Outlook mail accounts, but Google, iCloud, and Yahoo as well. For file storage, you can instantly hook into Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box. There are focus lists and scheduling options to help you get through your inbox faster, and your calendar is only ever a tap away.
Not only does Outlook support all these services and perform all these tasks, it does so exceptionally . This is not the app that requires you to have Microsoft Exchange 2013, it will connect to 2010 and 20037 servers as well.
When you launch Outlook on your iPhone or iPad you're asked to configure your accounts, both email and file storage. If you don't want to set them all up right away, you can always add more through the Settings section.
One of my favorite things about the Outlook app is the navigation along the bottom. I can single-handedly tap between my inbox, calendar, files, and recent. In the mail tab, Microsoft has two main inbox views to help you get through your mail; Focused and Other. The Focused list “smartly” moves things that Outlook thinks are important to you. All other messages are filtered into the “Other” folder. I’m still working to see how smart it really is.
At first I wasn't sure what the Focused list was actually doing. As time went on, however, I realized it was picking up and filtering bulk emails, and other kinds of content that I really didn't need to address right away. All that was left on the focus box were important emails.
Speaking of scheduling emails, yes the Outlook app does that as well. The first time you attempt to schedule a message, you're asked if you want to set up a scheduled box. Outlook also lets you set up gestures (finger swipes). For example, in Mailbox I typically slide part way to the left to archive and all the way to delete.
Outlook dedicates an entire tab Calendars, it's convenient to be able to toggle to my calendar and see if something conflicts without having to leave the app. I would, however, like to see Microsoft do more in terms of sharing and attaching events inside the Outlook. A month view would also be a welcome addition.
In terms of file integration, one tap and I have access to files in my inbox, whether it was a regular attachment, a Dropbox file, or a Google Drive document. I can even see stuff I have stored that isn't in my email by connecting to a Google Drive, Dropbox or One Drive.
- The App is very fast and easy to use
- Completely allows to open and file within folders by typing in a folder name
- Bulk mail management is better than most other clients
- Scheduling only adds one single folder to your email's file directory.
- File management is good
- Awesome landscape view for iPhone 6 Plus owners
- Draft emails support is terrible
- Missing connection to all your contacts, it keep the most recent contacts for quick access
- Calendar integration could use a month view and better share options
The Bottom Line
In my opinion, the app rocks and is a much better tool than the native Mail tool on the iOS.