Outlook on iOS and Android will get a facelift from the Dawn group
Microsoft’s Outlook cellular apps acquired a strong revamp final yr, because of its acquisition of the e mail app Acompli. Now, it is able to combine the spoils of one other cellular acquisition: the calendar app Dawn. The newest variations of the Outlook apps, launching on iOS as we speak and Android in November, function a number of design updates that may be acquainted to Dawn customers. The calendar portion of the app now has a every day view that places your whole actions in an simply scrollable record, and occasion entries now show their related info extra clearly. On the e-mail aspect of issues, occasion invitations are highlighted in your inbox, and you may even RSVP to them with out opening up the message. For many customers, these types of modifications shall be delicate expertise upgrades, however it’s good to see Microsoft combine a few of the design parts that made individuals followers of Dawn. The brand new app additionally makes it clear what Microsoft is making an attempt to do with Outlook on cellular: Deliver all the greatest design selections from disparate apps right into a single location. (One e-mail app to rule all of them, yadda yadda…)
Ultimately, Microsoft plans to convey over extra parts from Dawn into Outlook, together with extra integration with different apps and simpler occasion creation. That additionally signifies that Outlook will ultimately exchange the Dawn app, in response to Microsoft’s Outlook VP Javier Soltero (who came to visit as CEO of Acompli). That is the kind of information that Dawn followers have been in all probability dreading following Microsoft’s acquisition of the app, however Soltero says Microsoft will not sundown Dawn (hah) till all of its key options are in Outlook. Actually, although, the transfer is sensible: Outlook on the desktop targeted on being your single app on your mail, calendar and contacts, so why not do the identical with Outlook on cellular?
It additionally appears like shoppers are shopping for into Microsoft’s new Outlook cellular technique. It now has greater than 30 million individuals utilizing Outlook on iOS and Android as soon as a month, making for greater than 1.5 billion month-to-month periods. Moreover, round 20 % of these individuals have multiple account linked to Outlook, which is an indication that they could be counting on it for each work and private e-mail.