Microsoft today launched a full-fledged version of Outlook to iOS and Android. The company noted in a blogpost that it has utilized the features and technology of Acompli, an email app it acquired last year. The new Outlook app is free to download from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Also Read - Instagram Reels will now show ads
For now the new Outlook app is only the rebranded version of Acompli, but the company insists that it will change soon as its plan to update the app every week. “We have been and we’ll continue to update the app weekly,” says Julia White, Microsoft’s general manager of Office. “So in a very short period time you’ll start to see variance from the Acompli app that will not be updated after that point.” Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this category
The new Outlook app retains Acompli’s integration with Google Drive and Dropbox, in addition to OneDrive. The app also features quick access to calendar, contacts, mail, and files while borrowing older Outlook’s ribbion UI. The app also features Acompli’s swipe gesture which lets a user quickly dismiss or archive an email. It also lets users schedule a time for when the email should reappear in the front page. Also Read - Dell Inspiron 13, 14 and 15 series laptops launched in India: New prices, specs and more
The company has plans to replace all of its current range of Outlook-branded apps, including Outlook for Android, OWA apps for Android and iOS with this new Acompli-based Outlook app. But the transition will happen over time.
Microsoft bought Acompli for $200 million in December last year. As part of the acquisition, the company also brought in Acompli’s team members and merged them with core Outlook team.