Outlook-Android-AH-03377

Outlook For Android Adding Third-Party App Calendar Support

April 7, 2016 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

It’s been a while since the Android version of Outlook received a significant patch from Microsoft. Things have been pretty quiet in the app’s update department ever since the Play Store build of Outlook received a major design overhaul last November, almost five months ago. Well, it looks like the Outlook development team finally remembered its Android user base as it has just announced a pretty major feature earlier today. As it turns out, the last few Outlook updates were mostly focused on bug fixes and small improvements because the team was working on third-party support for its calendar feature in the Android version of Outlook.

Certain popular third-party apps will hence soon be able to add content into Outlook’s calendar. More specifically, the next app update which is expected to appear on the Play Store by the end of the month will add support for Facebook, Evernote, and Wunderlist to Outlook. While these apps are a logical place to start seeing how they literally have hundreds of millions of users, they’re not the end of this endeavor to make Outlook for Android “play nicely” with third-party software as developers are promising that support for other apps is also coming in the near future. The general idea behind this concept is to make the Android version of Outlook a sort of a mobile hub or an archive for all of one’s digital information. For example, you’ll soon be able to import events, notes, and tasks recorded in Facebook, Wunderlist, and Evernote in order to get a better overview of your day in Outlook than you would in some other app. That’s not all there is to it, though; the new version of Outlook will also be able to display your Facebook friends’ birthdays and Facebook events you have been invited to in its calendar interface and have a bunch of other cool features that we should know more about once it hits the Play Store.

As for what’s coming next, Microsoft revealed that it’s hard at work developing additional Outlook apps though the only two that have been officially confirmed for now are OneNote and Skype for Business. The aforementioned calendar feature of Outlook is based on the Sunrise calendar app which Microsoft acquired in 2015.