Microsoft Updates Outlook for iOS App for Improved Performance

Microsoft has today released an update to Outlook for iOS app, which is the first one that the Sunrise team helped create, that focuses on performance enhancements instead of adding new features. Meanwhile, Javier Soltero, VP of Outlook, has also shared some stats about Outlook’s mobile progress, announcing that the app now has 30 million users on smartphones and tablets, who use the app for 1.2 billion sessions a month, each 22 seconds long on average (via FastCompany).


The updated Outlook for iOS app is much cleaner, faster and easier to navigate. In the inbox for example, messages with a calendar invite now sport an orange calendar so they’re easier to spot. Even the icon you tap to get to the calendar features now shows the current date. “My nonartistic way of describing it is, we injected a bunch of air into the app to make it feel more fluid,” Soltero says. “Consumers expect that”.

Soltero further explains that the aim was to “match the slickness” of the best consumer apps from companies such as Facebook and Google. While the Sunrise team has helped with Outlook’s new calendar features, they didn’t introduce Sunrise into the app in place of Outlook’s existing calendar functionality.

Useful Sunrise features, such as the way it pulls in weather information, aren’t present. Soltero told me that Microsoft plans to continue to beef up Outlook’s calendar until it, like Sunrise, is about “all the richness of calendaring and all the things that make it more than just a collection of meetings.” At that point, “The Sunrise app will be sunsetted.” He figures the process may take another six months or so.

There are, however, no plans to perform a similar merger between Outlook and Wunderlist. “The task domain is really its own universe of functionality and innovation,” says Soltero, who calls the to-do app “an incredible complement to the core Outlook experience.”

You can grab the free update at the following App Store link:

Download Microsoft Outlook for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch [Direct Link]

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  • Still can’t set your own sent and deleted folders if the default ones don’t exist. I don’t use deleted and sent messages with iCloud, because it messes up in Outlook 2013. With no deleted and sent messages folders, but having sent and deleted items folders, Outlook for iOS will not detect the “items” folders as the default sent and deleted folders and you can set them, thus making Outlook for iOS useless, because Outlook 2013 is messed up. MICROSOFT GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER!

  • SF1234

    If you receive your gmail messages on this Outlook client, are the messages still classed automatically to Primary, Social, Promotions categories?
    I don’t want to be notified via push when I get a message that belongs to the Social folder. I get a lot of emails in the Social and Promotion categories but only bother checking them on the desktop.

  • The app has “Focused” and “Other” tabs for your inbox, so it ‘learns’ which emails are important.