Microsoft Outlook Review: Can Office’s mail-management app compete with Gmail now that it’s gone free?
The best email app out there, or another mediocre mess?
The thinking behind Microsoft’s free Outlook email app is simple: help iOS and Android users be more productive by uniting all of their email accounts under one slick, Microsoft-branded umbrella. A noble mission, for sure, but all the good intentions in the world are worthless without the skill, determination, and painstaking attention to detail required to turn a decent idea into an app worth keeping.
With that in mind, we think everyone ought to to give the Microsoft development team a standing ovation, because Outlook knocks it out of the park.
From the word ‘go’ everything just works. Outlook’s streamlined, effortlessly functional UI means sending, managing, and scheduling emails on a mobile device has never been easier, while the integration of cloud storages services such as Dropbox and OneDrive allows users to attach and send hefty files, even if they aren’t stored on their device.
It’s those little things, those subtle, delicate touches, that make Outlook stand head and shoulders above the competition. For example, to make life easier Outlook will automatically bring your most important emails to the fore while placing your less relevant messages into your Other inbox. The app also boasts an in-built calendar, which helpfully syncs up with your existing calendar in order to notify you of upcoming appointments.
Outlook’s best features, however, are undoubtedly the Files and People tabs. The former, as you’d expect, gives you instant access to recent files, both sent and received, while the latter bestows the ability to quickly find any emails, meetings, and files associated with a selected contact. Trawling through email chains trying to find attachments is now a thing of the past. If you’re serious about email, you need this in your life.
You really can’t put a price on productivity, and fortunately for us, Microsoft doesn’t.
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