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Microsoft Outlook Review

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Amy Morton / 15 Oct 2020

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Microsoft Outlook is an app that is optimized for mobile devices. After Microsoft acquired a mobile app called Acompli, they used its interface design to change Outlook. The result is an impressive one-fits-all solution that integrates with Evernote, LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as IMAP and Gmail accounts.

Customizable Swipe Gestures: 5

While preparing this Microsoft Outlook review, I noticed that I get the best experience on my phone. I could use and customize swipe gestures to quickly open and answer messages, as well as archive emails and schedule certain actions. You can change all swipe gestures to your liking and link them to different functions.

The Microsoft Outlook app has one handy feature: you can create tasks from email messages. As of today, it is only available for Microsoft Outlook ios users. Finally, it has a Cortana-related function. She can read your emails out loud.

Minimalist interface layout: 4

Microsoft Outlook android and ios versions have sharp lines, clean angles and lots of empty space, giving it a minimalistic look. That may be a good or a bad thing depending on your personal taste. Still, it can be unusual for those of us who're used to typical dotted menus. There is a sliding panel on the left that hides email folders. The Microsoft Outlook latest version also has a gray toolbar with three buttons.

Free to use on most devices: 5

Microsoft Outlook free app is designed to work on all screens, be it small Androids or huge iPads. You don't need a subscription to access all functions. You can connect the app to Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive to quickly access your files. Microsoft made sure their app runs on the oldest devices, such as iPad 2 and iPhone 4, but you still need a newer phone for the smoothest experience.

Reliable email-managing tool

Microsoft deserves some credit for making Outlook so convenient for mobile users. It's much better than its PC version, with reliable push notifications, customizable gestures and solid features. There are still some rough edges, but overall it's a great choice for personal and business use.

You’ll like it if you use:

  • Thunderbird. This is a great free app to manage all your emails from one convenient location.
  • SeaMonkey. This is a fully-featured browser with an email client.

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