Is Microsoft on an android kick? Is there some underlying devious reason why they suddenly started plopping their apps onto android? Most likely not, but we know there are lots of users out there that are happy about the situation. Last week Microsoft brought the entire office suite(Word, Excel, Powerpoint) to Android smartphones without the need to have a subscriber based Microsoft Office 365 account, and this week they’re gracing us with an announcement that an official Microsoft Outlook app for Android is in the works. Those of you who use Microsoft outlook as your daily driver or have Outlook exchange for work or business, can finally say hello to what would seem like easy Android integration through an official Microsoft application as opposed to third party alternative email clients.
Some key things to point out about the upcoming application are that this won’t effect exchange for other email clients. So if you already use a specific email client that has outlook exchange enabled and you aren’t keen on switching, there’s no reason to. Microsoft has mentioned that all platforms that are currently supported will continue to be supported. The app once made available to the public, is also said to look strikingly close to Microsoft’s already existing Outlook web app, and will have similar functionality. We’re hoping that it has a nice UI, as nothing turns us off to apps such as this more than a horrible user interface that just isn’t pleasing to look at. Although there was no mention specifically of when to expect this app to touch down on the Play Store, we’d imagine it isn’t too far off, since the iOS version is already readily available.
We should expect fairly complete integration with our Outlook accounts like calendar entries, contacts, notes, etc. but so far Microsoft hasn’t spread the word on any sort of features that we should look out for. Many of us are probably familiar with using Outlook as plenty of businesses still use outlook and other Microsoft solutions to power their business, and we’ve all probably had a personal outlook account at some point in our lives. Microsoft brought this to our attention via a blog post today, and there’s even a handy little image below so we can get an idea of what the app will look like.