Users of Outlook for iOS and Android get extra love from Microsoft, as it is now easier for them to cook up a video conference and manage their calendars.
Microsoft announced on Jan. 13 that it has given Outlook for iOS and Android a makeover to include new features that users can benefit from.
"Today, updates to Outlook for iOS and Android make it easy to schedule and begin a group chat and call with your friends and colleagues using Skype," said the Outlook team. "Additionally, we updated Outlook with new calendaring features, improved our navigation for Android and delivered on some of your top feature requests."
Let's take a closer look at these features.
Schedule And Join A Call Via Skype And Outlook
Outlook now lets users add a Skype Call to an event through the app's Skype Call toggle. Tapping the toggle will generate a Skype link that will be included in the description of the event. Participants can simply click on the shared link in the calendar to join the conference call when the scheduled event arrives.
Those who do not have a Skype account or have not installed the app on their devices can still join as a guest in the scheduled meeting, thanks to Skype for Web, which Microsoft recently rolled out.
Outlook's Calendar Section Enhancements
This handy feature the team can help users manage both their personal and professional schedules.
Outlook now allows users to glance at their full schedule either on a two-week view or a three-day view mode. They can also opt to get a full month view of their schedule.
Additionally, users can now choose the day they want their weekly calendar to start on, whether it is Monday, Saturday or Sunday.
Android users would have to wait for a while, though, as the app's abilities to show the two-week mini-calendar and set the week start preference are only available for iOS at the moment. The team promises to bring these features to Android soon, though.
Microsoft also underscores that it is listening to its users' feedback. In fact, it added in some of the most-requested functionalities for the app, including:
Save files to Android device – Users can now save attachments and files to their local device storage.
Contact Push – Users can now save their contacts into their default Contacts app for Android and iOS.
iOS Print – They can now print their emails with the use of AirPrint printers.
iOS Calendar Widget – Outlook will soon treat its users to an iOS Notification Center widget
iOS 3D Touch – Microsoft wants iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners to take advantage of 3D Touch to quickly send emails and add calendar events directly from their devices' home screen. In fact, Microsoft already added in 3D Touch support for Outlook on iOS in December last year.