After launching Outlook for Android Wear in April this year, Microsoft is looking to further enhance the experience for users and make it more interactive. A new update now brings the Outlook watch face to Android Wear.
On Friday, June 3, the Redmond-based company announced the arrival of a new version for the mobile variant of its Calendar app and Outlook mail for Google's OS for wearables. The update will bring the new Outlook watch face for the platform.
"Today, we are introducing the Outlook watch face for Android Wear. With the Outlook watch face, you can quickly see an overview of your day's schedule along with key details on where you need to be next. Staying on top of your day has never been easier," notes the Outlook team.
The Outlook watch face is not merely restricted to being a means of checking one's emails or schedule for the day. This Outlook version has been designed so that it is essentially a watch face that stays put on the screen of one's Android Wear-powered smartwatch all the time.
So basically, a glance at the smartwatch's screen lets one see the inbox notification and daily events, and engage in messages just as easily as one would on a smartphone.
This is a departure from the existing Outlook apps for Android Wear and the Apple Watch, as the current lot requires one to physically launch the widget or app before they can scan the details.
The watch face will reflect the date, day, time and impending calendar events. If one does not have any events scheduled for the next 12 hours, then the default watch face shows the recent email. With a mere tap one can access the details — it really is that easy!
Another welcome addition is that the colors on the watch's dial will be in harmony with the color of the calendar that one adds to Outlook. Moreover, one can personalize the background of the watch face and "accent color to fit one's style for the day."
The Outlook watch face also generates meeting reminders, and if you are running late, you have the option to send a note. If an email has an invitation, you can RSVP, and if you need to send a reply, then a list of preset responses are available. Voice dictation is also supported. One can also flag, archive, schedule or delete emails, which are similar actions that are at hand for Outlook for Android.