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App of the week – Outlook
Outlook for iOS and Android
Conquering your inbox can be a challenge at the best of times, especially if you’re on the
go and trying to do it on your mobile device. For most people, successfully conquering
their inbox means getting down to inbox zero where emails have been dealt with and
filed away or deleted. For a lot of people, that’s not realistic all the time but there are
apps that can help in the quest. The hottest email app right now is Microsoft Outlook, and
for good reason. The new Outlook app has brought a slew of unique features that will
have other email apps playing catch up for some time.
One of Outlook’s most useful features is the focused inbox. This focused inbox separates
the clutter in your inbox from the important items, similar to Gmail’s priority inbox. A lot
of us receive newsletters, social notifications, and promotions that we subscribe to but
don’t necessarily want to see pile up in our inbox. These items are a sort of gray email
gray area—they’re not spam but they’re certainly not a priority. The focused inbox offers
a middle ground to help you sort through these emails quickly. To start with the app will
filter emails from friends and conversations your part of into the focused inbox but you
can manually move things in and out. Outlook will learn as you do this so it will
eventually be able to sort things according to your individual preferences. You can still
view the messages that have not been sorted into your focused inbox by tapping on the
If the focused inbox isn’t enough to get you down to inbox zero, Outlook allows you to
schedule follow-ups to emails, which is useful if you want to handle an email later, and
archive them using simple gestures. These gestures are customizable, so you can decide
what works best for you.
Another great feature of Outlook for mobile is the integrated calendar. Instead of having
to use a separate calendar app, you can now view your calendar within your email
app—just like on Outlook for desktop! Since you can add multiple email addresses to this
app, like work and personal, the integrated calendar also means you can access all your
calendar information in one place.
The Outlook app for iOS and Android also makes accessing files for attachments a snap.
With cloud integration Outlook makes it easy for you to quickly find files in Dropbox,
Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive without having to leave the app. You can also tap
the files icon at the bottom of the app to quickly view recent attachments you’ve sent or
received, making it easier for you to find and access them in a hurry.
Bottom line: the Outlook for iOS and Android app knocks it out of the park in terms of
functionality to help you stay organized. If you aspire to achieve inbox zero, this is just
the app that will help you get there. Incidentally, it also has a great user interface that’s
both attractive and easy to use. What more could you ask for from a mobile email app?
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