Microsoft at the moment introduced a bunch of updates to its Outlook app for Android, iOS, and the net. Among different options, Outlook has gained the flexibility to combine your private Outlook.com or Google Calendar in your Outlook work account, calendar administration and simpler assembly becoming a member of in your inbox, and Meeting Insights that floor related emails and information proper within the calendar occasion.
More folks working from residence means extra conferences, extra prep, extra follow-ups, and an elevated blurring of the traces between private and work time. Microsoft says these newest Outlook options are aimed to “help you get back more control of your day, spend less time preparing for meetings, protect your personal time, and organize your calendar to stay balanced.” That stated, chances are you’ll get some emotions of déjà vu as we undergo all of the options, as some have been beforehand introduced and even launched in some kind earlier than the pandemic.
Calendars and duties
Microsoft first teased connecting personal calendars to your or work or school calendar in March as a part of a slew of Microsoft 365 AI and cloud-powered bulletins. Now, the performance is rolling out to all Microsoft 365 customers with an Outlook work account.
When you add a private calendar to Outlook on the net, the instances for these occasions will likely be proven as busy (with no particulars or info) when somebody needs to schedule a gathering with you utilizing the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook. You also can see your private calendar facet by facet together with your work one or view each concurrently.
Microsoft additionally talked about at the moment you can triage your calendar straight out of your Outlook inbox with a mini-calendar within the message listing and add duties to calendar from My Day, however neither of those options are new. There is a few new performance for duties, although: You can now create a job from an e mail message in Outlook for iOS, a function beforehand solely obtainable within the Outlook Web App.
One-tap be part of for Zoom and Webex
Outlook for Android has gained a one-tap be part of possibility for third-party video calling instruments Zoom and Webex. This is Microsoft’s method of acknowledging that not everybody makes use of Microsoft Teams. “Outlook and Teams already work great together, but we understand some people receive meeting invitations for meetings using other online meeting services,” the corporate stated at the moment.
You might have first observed this function present up in Outlook for Android exactly a month ago. But Microsoft says it’s now typically obtainable for Android beginning at the moment. It is “coming soon” to iOS.
Prepping for conferences
Ever present as much as a gathering proper on time (or late) however woefully unprepared? Outlook for Android can now floor the information and emails you want for a gathering proper into the occasion particulars in your calendar. If this sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of the function was already obtainable on iOS and the Outlook Web App.
Speaking of the Outlook Web App, now you can see messages, assembly particulars, attendees’ responses, and add a web-based assembly proper out of your inbox. You can change between messages and assembly particulars, see who’s attending the assembly, and even add a web-based assembly hyperlink to it if the organizer forgot.
More e mail options
The Outlook Web App now helps you to schedule when your emails are delivered. If you end up triaging, responding, and sending e mail messages at odd hours, you may just be sure you’re not sending the improper thought to your recipients. Compose your e mail on the time that’s handy for you and have it delivered at a greater time — like at 9 a.m. or when they’re again from trip.
Play My Emails, the place Cortana supplies an clever read-out of your emails, is already obtainable on iOS. The function is now rolling out to shopper and business customers on Android.
Finally, Microsoft introduced yet another AI function that’s “coming soon”: strategies to Send Availability or Schedule Meeting. This builds on the urged replies function, which you’ll already use in Outlook for Android, iOS, and the net.