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Outlook On iOS, Android Gets UI Revamp

Microsoft redesigns the iOS and Android versions of Outlook, which will soon replace calendar app Sunrise.

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Microsoft has announced a design makeover for its mobile Outlook app on iOS and Android devices, as well as the shutdown of calendar app Sunrise.

Outlook for Android and iOS was first launched in January. The rollout followed Microsoft's acquisition of email app Acompli in December 2014 and preceded the purchase of calendar app Sunrise in February 2015.

The new Outlook quickly grew in the nine months following its debut. Microsoft reports almost 30 million people actively use the mail app on smartphones and tablets, and one in five users connects to multiple accounts.

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As the Outlook user base grew, so did its team. Employees from both Acompli and Sunrise joined the Outlook division, and their influence is clear in the subtle but noticeable design changes in the updates for iOS and Android.

iOS users can now download the latest version of Outlook; Android users will receive their updates in early November.

What has changed in the new Outlook? Here's what users can expect to see:

Outlook For iOS

Microsoft made minor improvements to the layout and navigation of Outlook for iOS, including more visual cues and better access to key features. Email, calendar, people, and files are now located front-and-center of the app.

A small but handy addition is a new "event" icon intended to make events more prominent in your message list. Icons for "flag" and "attachment" are also more visible, similar to Outlook's layout on Windows, and attachment options are more accessible when writing a message.

(Image: Microsoft)

(Image: Microsoft)

Outlook's calendar has also been revamped for easier navigation. The "Today" button moves as you scroll through the calendar, and days in the past are colored gray. Event details such as date and location are located at the top of the page, and attendees' responses are denoted with green, gray, and red dots.

Outlook For Android

The new Android-friendly version of Outlook better leverages Google's Material design. Its header, message list, and compose experiences have all been changed.

Scrolling through your messages, you'll see contact images to the left of your emails and more prominent icons for read and unread messages, attachments, and event invitations.

The calendar now has an updated UI with more event information. Event details, people list, and contacts' information have been updated with a Material design.

(Image: Microsoft)

(Image: Microsoft)

Sunrise Integration

Microsoft promises further changes to the Outlook calendar in the coming months. These will reportedly include "Interesting Calendars and connections to your favorite apps and services," as written in an Office blog post. Other improvements will address the ability to create meetings on the go and manage meetings in different time zones.

The company confirms Outlook will eventually replace the current Sunrise app, but Sunrise will stay on the market until its features are entirely built into Outlook.

As for Windows Phone, Microsoft promises an Outlook mobile app update is "coming soon" but did not disclose specific details.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 10:19:19 PM
Re: Much needed
I feel Microsoft made the right decision by moving into a multiplatform application. It's now or never.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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10/31/2015 | 4:43:48 PM
Re: Much needed
@shakeeb,

To add to your comment, since many Windows tablets have such a low entry price point, many folks get these devices just for the extra screen real state since you don't really need much regarding processor and specs for emailing, thus going for there laptops only when needed.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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10/31/2015 | 4:42:47 PM
Re: Much needed
@tzubair,

Great comment...you're right...by having it be in differnet environments is assuring that Microsoft is still consider king when it comes to business applications.

The fact that getting an email setting is so easy is also a plus (when before IT departments would need to configure them)
tzubair
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tzubair,
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10/31/2015 | 3:53:07 PM
Re: Much needed
"It means thzt constantly looking at improving the mobile version of Outlook."

@shakeeb: Microsoft has been coming up with the upgrades for outlook regularly. The important change is the change in strategy where they have gone to a multi-platform approach. That will instantly give them a boost in the user base
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 11:02:44 AM
Re: Much needed
Office 365 is revolutionizing the way people work on the emails. Now it's much more convenient to configure the email on your mobile and even access it on any web browser. You now have no need of carrying a laptop everywhere you go just to see your emails.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 11:00:05 AM
Re: Much needed
Updates are always good as users should have a reason to use Microsoft Outlook than using the conventional default mail application available on their mobile. Outlook seems to be also promoting the Microsoft Office Android applications with the open with function.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 10:54:34 AM
Re: Much needed
@tzubair - it's good to see Microsoft coming up with updates for Outlook Mobile. It means that constantly looking at improving the mobile version of Outlook.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 10:51:39 AM
Re: Much needed
It's a wise decision taken by Microsoft because even Google enable Gmail to configure other email service provided email services on the Gmail app. I feel it was a wise decision by Microsoft to retain the existing users.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 10:48:15 AM
Re: Much needed
It's good to have Outlook on your mobile. It's much more convenient to have the same platform both on your PC and mobile.
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tzubair,
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10/30/2015 | 11:19:44 PM
Re: Much needed
"Outlook is just phenomenal. Many folks have decided to leave there laptops docks since they can manage most of what they do (email wise) from there phone."

@mejiac: I agree with this. Outlook has been one of the best thing that happened to emails and Microsoft can clearly call it a flagship product. It does seem like a good idea to have it being used cross platform and increase the user base regardless of the platform.
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