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Microsoft on Thursday released the official Outlook email client in the App Store (not to be confused with the native Outlook Web App for the iPhone). Optimized for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the iOS 8-only app is based on Microsoft’s $200 million purchase of the popular mobile email app Acompli.

Featuring a built-in calendar, comprehensive search features, gesture-based interface akin to Dropbox-owned Mailbox and support for popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s own OneDrive service, it brings together the core tools you need to get things done in one sweet package.

Sporting a unified view of your email, calendar, contacts and attachments, the app automatically surfaces your most important messages across all email accounts.

Check out the promotional video below.

As you can see, Outlook lets you schedule messages you want to handle later by swiping to delete, archive or perform other actions. Calendaring capabilities make it easy to view your calendar, share available times and schedule meetings.

When composing messages, the app allows you to attach files from your other emails or files stored in OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive.

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If you read Lory’s review of Acompli for iPhone, you’ll quickly realize that the app resembles the look and feel the Acompli app, which can no longer be found in the App Store.

Key highlights:

  • Manage your inbox
    • Outlook automatically triages your inbox for you, surfacing your most important email. Less relevant email is placed in your “Other” inbox.
    • Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages.
    • Schedule emails and they will return to your inbox at a later time.
  • Your calendar built-in
    • Switching between your email and calendar apps is a thing of the past. Outlook includes your calendar and notifies you with appointment reminders.
    • Find available meeting times and share them in email or schedule a meeting.
  • Attachments made easy
    • View and attach any file from your email, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other accounts with just a few taps.
    • Send large files even if you haven’t downloaded them to your phone.
  • Find anything fast
    • Filter your inbox to only show messages that are unread, flagged, or have attachments, with a single tap.
    • Quickly find the right messages, people and files by typing just a few letters.
    • Outlook shows people you communicate with most often, and lets you conveniently drill down to see all related emails, meetings and files.

The 22.5-megabyte download requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later. A preview edition of Outlook is also available on Android phones and tablets.

A more detailed overview of Outlook for iOS can be found over at Microsoft’s official Office blogs here and here.

Grab Microsoft Outlook free of charge in the App Store.

  • Sleaka J

    YES!!! It’s about time.

  • Fede777

    Can I use this with my Exchange work account?

    • Chris


    • Jack Wong

      Not with my company Microsoft Exchange 2003.

      • Madhu Renduchintala

        My company uses 2003 exchange and it still works. Try it. It’s a great app. At least it was when it was Acompli.

      • Jack Wong

        hmm it doesn’t work, I am not surprise, moreover, I can’t setup the Google business email as Exchange as well…

    • Of course

      • Fede777

        Already configured in Android and iOS, really good app, way better than default andoird.

  • Chris

    Better late than never, it’s a bit disappointing that it doesn’t sync your calendar with Apple’s calendar app but it’s a much better experience than using the built-in mail client which I’ve finally ditched for Gmail and Outlook.

    • Jack Wong

      I have very good experience with search engine of the, haven’t try on this one yet.

      • Chris

        The search built directly into Outlook works far better and is much quicker at getting results.

      • Jack Wong

        I wish I could setup my company Exchange on it then I could tell right away.

        I really want to take your words but the searching experience with PC Outlook 2003 and 2010 is horrible…

      • Chris

        I’ve only used 2011 and 2013 which normally return 99.99% accurate results and within about half a second.

      • Jack Wong

        Glad for you, do you know how Windows build up the index for the search engine?

    • James G

      I got my calendar in the Outlook app. Or are you saying push calendars from Outlook to the calendar app?

      • Chris

        Pushing from Outlook to the calendar app.

  • Yasen Peychev

    How can I set up POP or IMAP account?

    • Chris

      It doesn’t support custom email accounts, you can only sign-in using the predefined accounts in the list.

      • Yasen Peychev

        Yeah! Wait for the next version 🙂

        “We’re planning to expand support for IMAP and additional services in the future!”

  • Martin

    MS is doing a great job lately. I was little bored from Google and started using One Drive and it’s great.. Hope this app will be the same way 🙂

  • JustReboot

    Needs a little work with regards to the way the mailbox and people tabs are setup, but not bad. I would like to see the contacts integration better

  • Misuse of the word native..

  • Jamessmooth

    Liking this so far…

  • Madhu Renduchintala

    I loved this app when it was Acompli and I hope Microsoft will be able to add some newer features like HTML signatures.

    • I agree, it would be great to have HTML sigs.

  • James G

    This app is incredible. Go Microsoft. Wow.

    Can’t believe I’m saying this about a Microsoft product.

  • gittlopctbi

    Wow, seems like Microsoft is really ramping things up on their iOS products. Very impressive showing of many apps by them recently.

  • Techsticles

    Anything different from Acompli? It looks exactly like I remember it.

    • epskionline

      One example (well, 2 in 1): You can choose which swipe direction does which command, but now you only get one level of swipe, so a half swipe is not archive with a full swipe being delete, for example. You get one or the other. Maybe they thought it was too complicated for some people, that was one frustrating change.

  • Jed

    Why is it, when I’m editing a document stored in my Office 365 OneDrive (or other SharePoint site), and choose to send as an email attachment, it’s launching the native iOS Mail? Aren’t these all supposed to integrate? Can someone correct my ignorance?