Technology: Outlook Mobile

November 3, 2015

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I maintain a love-hate relationship with my smartphone. One one hand it unchains me from my office desk, on the other it maintains a constant tether to the office. Regardless of my feelings at any given time I'm unwilling to let it go so I might as well make the best of it. The majority of business professionals depend on Microsoft software for daily work activities, but very few carry a Windows phone. Microsoft recognizes this and has a full suite of products for iOS and Android. While many of these offerings are good in a pinch, they don't come close to the experience you would get in the desktop counterparts. The exception to this is Outlook. Outlook on the smartphone is an excellent option and offers features specifically designed for mobile use. I like to separate my business life from my personal life, and having my business email, and calendar in Outlook offers separation. Outlook on the Smartphone also offers me some unique features, including e-mail scheduling and focused inbox. Email scheduling allows me to view the title of an email then slide the email to the left, hide it, and schedule it to reappear in the inbox at a later time. The allows me to choose when to give the e-mail importance and aids me in prioritizing my communication. Focused inbox prioritizes e-mail without needing my intervention. In Outlook Mobile, your inbox contains two tabs focused and other. I subscribe to several newsletters and automated alerts, most of these contain useful information that I need to review. Microsoft recognizes that these are likely e-mails I would want to read, but it's unlikely I would read them on my phone. Outlook Mobile automatically sorts this out for you. The focused tab contains e-mails you need on the go, the other tab holds the e-mails you're likely to read when you get back to the office. If you're a OneDrive user, Outlook Mobile also offers the ability to access your cloud-based file storage and attach files directly when crafting an e-mail. Calendar integration allows you to e-mail others a schedule of times you are open to meet as well. Overall Outlook Mobile makes e-mail on the phone smarter, and more efficient. Microsoft has it right this time. Don't believe me, try it for yourself, it's free!

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