Microsoft launched Outlook for Android and iOS phones and tablets.
Outlook is an email service, based on the Acompli software that the company purchased in December for $200 million.
“We’re excited about what’s possible as we build on the app’s success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team,” said Rajesh Jha, VP of Outlook. “Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more.”
The new app is tasked to replace all of Microsoft’s current number Outlook-branded apps, including the Outlook.com app for Android and the rather limited OWA apps for Android and iOS that only work for paying Office 365 subscribers. Those older services will still be available, but the company plans to converge those experiences over time.
The app works with Microsoft’s own Outlook.com and Office 365 services, while iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo email accounts can be plugged into the app, and attachments can be added to messages from cloud services like Google Drive and Dropox.
Outlook for iOS also comes with quick gestures, which means users can simply swipe to delete, archive or schedule messages.
The Outlook app is an absolutely new app, not an update of an existing one. You will be able to download it on the App Store on Thursday.
The Outlook app is expected to feel almost like the original Acompli apps. The company has already added a couple of minor Office-app like touches, including a colored ribbon-like UI.