Microsoft today announced a major revamp of its Outlook mail app for iOS and Android with a new Microsoft Graph-powered search, a redesigned conversation experience, quick account switching, and more.
To make following a conversation easier, the redesigned conversations view in Outlook now has clearer separation between each message and it automatically opens the first unread conversation. There’s also a quick reply box at the bottom of conversations so that you can quickly start typing your reply. This also allows one to view all the messages in a conversation while typing their own reply.
The redesigned navigation experience in the Outlook app makes it easier to switch between multiple accounts and folders now. The sidebar has been broken into two, with the account list being moved to the very left and are denoted by circular icons for easier switching. Select an account and the associated pane will show your folders from it.
The redesigned Outlook app will also soon get a more intelligent and smarter search powered by Microsoft Graph. The new search bar will be accessible from anywhere in the app and it will now show results from your inbox, contacts, and files. And if you are searching for a person, a relevant People card will pop up with all the important information. For now, the new accounts navigation and conversation support is only available for Outlook.com and Gmail users, with support for Office 365 accounts rolling out in the coming days.
The new search experience will also feature your top contacts, travel tickets and bookings, package deliveries, and attachments at the very top. Sadly, as mentioned above, the new search experience will not be rolling out to Outlook for iOS from today. Instead, Microsoft says that it is “coming soon.”
Outlook for iOS users will be able to enjoy all the new features mentioned above with an update to the app that is rolling out today, with the Android version getting these features over the next two months.
Download: Microsoft Outlook for iOS