Road Testing Microsoft’s (Acompli) new Outlook app on iOS and Android

Outlook app on iOS and Android

Late last year Microsoft bought Acompli to bolster its mobile app offerings now ranging all main mobile platforms.

I thought I would install and test both on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and my iPhone 5s.

Outlook app on Android:

The current Android offering is rather limited compared to the iOS version.  Connecting to On Premise exchange, Office 365 and Yahoo all passed.

Default Inbox ‘Focused’ (unread emails) view.

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Default Inbox ‘Other’ view.

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Settings options.

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Outlook app on IOS:

Connecting to On Premise exchange, Office 365 and Yahoo all passed.

I was trying to get used to the Focused and Other views of my messages.  To change these settings under settings, badge count, all.

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Email Thread view.  Note the colored icons for people. eg. AW = Aaron Whittaker.  The default view shows the last email from the thread “Will do in 25 mins”.

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Great Calendar view from within the app.

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Add your files through your choice of online storage accounts.

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Again the contacts show up with a colored icon under people, also from with the same app.

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iOS app settings options.

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Having used both for a week now I can say that there are no issues with either, but the iOS version definitely has more features.  I found Outlook to be more customisable than the built-in mail apps or the Yahoo app in either platform (Android or iOS).  I like having the Mail, Calendar, Files and People buttons all within the one app.  Hopefully Microsoft will bring these missing features to Android with an update soon.

 

Additionally just today there was the announcement that Microsoft bought iOS, Android calendar vendor Sunrise for $100 million, definitely not the old Microsoft or climate that we were accustomed to.  Perhaps this will replace the existing Acompli calendar?

 

*** Update 16/02/2015 – Any emails with an attachment sent from either application did not get delivered.

 

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