Updated Outlook for iOS App Works Better With Office Docs
Mobile collaboration with the Outlook app for Apple iOS just got easier with new features that reduce friction while working with Office files.Microsoft seems determined to eliminate whatever hurdles may stifle collaboration among users of the company's mobile apps. The latest move on that front involves updating its well-regarded Outlook app for iOS so that it handles Office files better, providing a more seamless experience for users. "Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps, replacing the simple viewers we previously used," announced the Microsoft Office team in an Aug. 20 announcement. "We've also streamlined the steps required to collaborate on files sent as attachments." Tapping on attachments now cause them to open in their respective apps (Word, Excel or PowerPoint), allowing users to quickly view and edit Office documents. "If you haven't yet downloaded the Office apps, Outlook will load a built-in viewer and provide a link to download the app in the App Store," Microsoft added. After a user edits a file, the Outlook app takes it upon itself to prepare the updated attachments for the return trip.
Before today, collaborating on attachments would often force users to crack open their laptops, Microsoft noted. Trading Office documents over email "was almost exclusively done at a computer, due to the many manual and sometimes confusing steps necessary when using the built-in Mail app for iOS." Now, users can complete the processes entirely on their iPhones and iPads.