Back in July, Microsoft teased a new search experience in Outlook for iOS and Android, which would be easily accessible right from a simplified navigation bar. This new feature is now available for Office Insiders on iOS and should become generally available to all iOS and Android users in the coming weeks.
"As soon as you tap on the Search icon at the bottom of the screen, you will have access to your top contacts, upcoming travel itineraries, package deliveries and recent attachments," explains Microsoft on the Outlook blog. The new search icon indeed replaces the previous "Files" and "People" icons in the navigation bar, and you can now find everything all in one place. To browse your full list of contacts and files, you just need to tap the respective headers.
The new search bar also supports universal search, letting you easily find all your emails, calendar events, files, and contacts. "This covers all your accounts, from work to personal, so you can rely on one location to find what you need fast," the blog post notes. Additionally, the new version introduces improved search filters to only show emails with an attachment and more.
For now, this new experience is only available for Office Insiders on iOS (there is no Insider version of Outlook for Android as of today). The Outlook team is using Apple's TestFlight service to roll out preview builds of Outlook for iOS, though be there are limited seats for Office Insiders. You can sign up on this page if you're interested in trying the new search experience.