By Jay Jay
Microsoft has announced a full production release app of its universal web-mail service Outlook for iOS.
However, Android users will only be able to use a preview for the time being. The new app allows access to Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, Google and Yahoo. Android users will also be able to view their IMAP accounts.
All apps across operating systems are free. Only available for iOS 8.0 or later versions, Apple users can connect directly with their iCloud accounts using their new Outlook app.
Storage services like Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox also also supported.
Apart from offering full access to e-mails, the new app lets you prioritize and schedule important mails. Features like calendar, contact list and a Files view offer additional functionality.
The reception has been staggering. Microsoft revealed that downloads of the new Office app on iOS exceeded 80 million on the day of the launch. At the same time, the preview version on Android attracted a further 250,000 downloads. Given that only iOS 8.0 users can access the app, Microsoft's General Manager Julia White said that there were “tremendous customer request for Outlook across all devices”. Along with the Office app launch, Microsoft has also removed the preview tag from Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the Android platform.
Windows phones have, however, been left out of the party. The Outlook app for Windows phones will have to wait until the release of the new Windows 10 OS, as the formatting is based on the Word application.
We cannot wait to give the new platform a quick cross-platform look.
We'll get back to you when we do.