Microsoft today announced some major changes to its Outlook app for the iPhone and the iPad, introducing a redesigned conversation experience, improved navigation, and smarter search features that are coming in the near future.
The enhanced conversation design displays more of a conversation on a single screen, and there’s clearer separation between each individual message. When opening a conversation to read more, Outlook will bring you to the first unread message, and there’s a new quick reply feature that makes it easier to send an email without leaving the main conversation view.
As for the navigation improvements, Microsoft has made it easier to switch between accounts and browse through their folders. The account and folder menu has been tweaked so you can swap accounts with a tap, and the Help and Settings buttons have been relocated to the sidebar to make them easier to access.
In the near future, Microsoft plans to introduce an intelligent search feature (powered by Microsoft Graph) that will make it easier to find specific conversations. A search box will be added to the app’s tab bar, so it’ll be accessible from anywhere in the app, and People and Files will both be integrated into the search experience.
Microsoft plans to provide proactive suggestions for content, and when searching for a name, your most frequent contacts will pop up first.
The redesigned Outlook app is available today for all iOS users with Outlook.com and Gmail accounts. Support for Office 365 accounts will roll out “in the coming days.” As for the search feature, Microsoft says it is “coming soon.”
Microsoft Outlook can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
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