Outlook for iOS ➝

Released yesterday morning, Outlook for iOS supports Exchange, Outlook.com, iCloud, Google, and Yahoo emails. The app looks really well designed. I’d pay a lot more attention to Microsoft if they spent more time building software like this.

Some of the more notable features:

  • Outlook separates your email into two tabs — “Focused” and Other. All of your important email appear in the Focused tab and if you ever move emails from one tab to the other, Outlook will learn where you’d prefer emails like it to appear in the future.
  • One-click unsubscribe buttons for email newsletters.
  • Customizable swipe gestures for common actions like archive, delete, move, flag, mark as read/unread, or schedule.
  • Outlook’s schedule feature is especially interesting to me. Scheduling allows you to temporarily remove emails from your inbox for the selected period of time to get them out of your way until you’re ready to process them.

I’m not too keen on Outlook having calendar and contacts built-in, but it all depends on how they’re implemented. Until I get to try the app for myself, I can’t say whether I’d like it or not. But, I’m not too optimistic.

Once Microsoft adds IMAP support, which Microsoft’s Jon Orton claims is “coming soon,” I’ll probably live with it as my primary email client for a few weeks to see how it fares. Until then, I’ll be sticking with my current favorite email client for iOS, Dispatch.

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