Since the ascendance of Satya Nadella to the position of top dog, Microsoft has taken quite a directional shift. The past year has seen a new company emerge, willing to work with others and less tribal as a whole. This has translated into its app strategy. What was once a closed shop has seen a number of apps being developed for rival operating systems, tying millions more into Microsoft’s services.
This plan was advanced a step further today with the release of an Outlook app, both for Android and iOS devices. Combining emails, calendar info, contacts information and any attachments you may have saved into one easy-to-navigate interface, the overall offering is quite comprehensive, certainly more so than before.. This move will no doubt be of great benefit to a number of business users around the globe, whose firms use Microsoft services.
The app comes following Microsoft’s acquisition of innovative mobile email firm Acompli earlier in December 2014. The move came after an announcement from Redmond that it was to focus more heavily on mobile development for other platforms. Having received significant praise from both critics and the public regarding its mobile email app, it was effectively a matter of time before the firm was taken over and its work was utilized for a bigger project. As Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President of Outlook and Office 365, stated at the time,
“We’re excited about what’s possible as we build on the app’s success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team. Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more.”
As is ever the case with everything asides from Windows and Word, the app is completely free of charge. What Microsoft’s next move in the Android and iOS space will be is yet to be seen, however it will most likely involve another development in the Office suite of apps that it has been so keen to push.
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