I was traveling home yesterday and spent most of my time on the airplane, but I did have a chance to keep up on some of the tech news. I saw several reports revealing that Microsoft had officially relaunched Accompli e-mail as Outlook for both iPhone and Android. If you remember, Microsoft acquired Accompli back in December, and it’s pretty impressive that it has already relaunched it in such a short time period. It’s an app you definitely need to try.
I use Gmail for both my work and personal accounts and, if you have an iPhone, you probably know the client is pretty awful. So, amid reports that Microsoft’s new Outlook for iPhone is actually really good, I decided to give it a whirl. And wow, I’m really impressed.
Don’t get me wrong, I know Microsoft makes great products, I just didn’t expect it to make such a fantastic e-mail client for the iPhone. Setup is a breeze: just choose your Exchange, Outlook.com, OneDrive, iCloud, Google, Yahoo!, Dropbox or Box account to connect it to the app, enter in your username and password, and you’re up and running.
E-mails come in quickly, which is something that can’t really be said about my experience with Gmail for iPhone. You can swipe left to archive a message or swipe right to schedule it to re-appear as a new message ion a few hours, this evening, tomorrow morning or at a specific time. A long tap allows you to edit multiple e-mails at once. In settings, however, you can tweak these gestures to instead delete, move, mark as read or flag them, too. Yes, there’s even an option to add custom signatures. I love the tabs that run along the bottom, which provide quick access to your calendar, any attachments you may have received recently or files from your OneDrive and Dropbox accounts, quick access to frequently accessed contacts.
Finally, in terms of layout, you can quickly switch between multiple inboxes or your folders within inboxes. Microsoft creates your main inbox as a “Focused” area, while another tab provides access to the other e-mails Gmail typically sorts for promotions and social notifications. I’d snap my own screenshots, but in the interest of privacy and keeping my inbox to myself, I’ve provided the ones Microsoft includes in the iTunes App Store above to give you a better look.
I’m really impressed with what Outlook for iPhone has to offer, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you give it a download. We’ve provided a link below, and keep in mind that this is not the OWA version that’s also in the store.