Forced to use this sub-standard app by my hospital when it upgraded to Win 10:
Ever since MS cannibalized Acompli (mail with focused Inbox) and Sunrise (calendar) to cobble this app, Outlook has failed the professional standard of other MS apps.
When MS finally awakened and realized that a real monthly view was needed and added that to the calendar section, the calendar was much improved; only to be sadly diminished by juvenile graphics that can’t be turned off, such as Google calendar provides for its users. For example, Outlook automatically shows a mortar board with tassel when you have an “eye exam.”
The July 2017 rebuild of Acompli gave us a clunky, sliding shelf apparatus that obscured the inboxes, and came with other cutesy changes that made life more difficult: Google mail accounts all were marked by the Google “G” rather than email name, which meant that they couldn’t be distinguished one from another — fixed by a dog-ugly repair; and, “reply all” was the default reply. Customer howling forced a partial correction to these latter two problems, but the nauseatingly busy shelf remains. The native app remains far sleeker and easier to use.
Poor grammar? An empty mailbox reads, “Nothing left to read, well played!” That’s a comma splice, which should have been corrected by junior high school. The text does, however, match the completely goofy background artwork. (Compare this text and art with the desktop version.)
Are there positives? The search engine works well and the app integrates well with other MS apps. Speaking of other MS apps — they far surpass Outlook.
I’m primarily using this app to consolidate emails from all my microsoft accounts. However, I still cannot reliably use this and remove dependencies on the mail app or the gmail app.
My top issue with this app is that after every update, it likes to clear the cache and re-download emails from the server. This is incredibly annoying for me. The combination of auto updates + frequent metro/plane travel means there are times when I will try to start the app in offline mode to find an email to read only to find it completely blank.
Second issue - clutter. This got enabled on one of my accounts and I cannot find a way to turn it off from settings within the app. With clutter enabled on some accounts vs not on others, it’s a confusing app experience, particularly when you’re in the All accounts mode.
Issue 3 - I have multiple accounts that start with the same alphabet. When trying to toggle between accounts, it shows me the same alphabet logo with different colors (which also change after major app updates). This makes it hard to toggle between accounts as you’re constantly searching for the right account.
I already disable all outlook notifications.
What I really need is a configurable option to not allow emails to come through unless they are from certain senders.
That way when I check my emails I’m not flooded with emails I don’t want to get sucked into during my vacation or weekend. This type of setting would help prevent burnout. I could choose no emails on weekends. Or only emails from my boss.
Basecamp has a feature like this called “work can wait” that I think you should consider.
Apple has a feature like this for phone calls and text messages, etc. also called “do not disturb” that lets you choose which notifications to allow.
I’m sure there are several other examples, but the point is that in order to prevent burnout you need to reduce emails from being visible.
Our willpower is not enough as we are all “conditioned” to keep checking email even if there are no notifications.
What do you think?
Please respond if you agree !!!
This app has gone from great a year ago to worse and worse to now literally unusable.
For the last few months, every time you send an email in this app, the email gets sent but then also creates a draft email to the saved drafts folder. An unbelievably annoying bug that the developer team has been aware of for months and done nothing to fix.
Now, with the latest release, if you try to reply to an email, every few words you type the app saves the fragment of a sentence to a draft email and opens up a new reply with no words in it. Literally, no matter how slow and deliberately you type, the app will randomly blank out what you’ve typed, save the precious few words in a new draft email and make you start from the beginning in, which means you can’t reply to an email in this app.
Deleting. Don’t bother downloading this app. It’s pure garbage. Microsoft needs to get some supervision over this app’s development
This app is way better than Gmail, I feel like this one is more simple to use, this app looks better and is more pleasing! I love the app on my Apple Watch. I really like the Focused part of outlook, I am just wondering how to make curtain senders go to Focused mailbox. You can add other email accounts beside outlook like Gmail and Yahoo and others. I like how if I put my phone in dark mode it does that with that app. There is a feature where Cortona can read your emails which I personally do not use a lot but is a great feature for accessibility and just hearing Emails while walking with my AirPods or other headphones. I was also wondering how you can make certain senders of mail go to trash like I have a eBay account and I get constant emails which I do t like but I want to keep my eBay account. Overall I would recommend this app way more than Gmail! Good job Microsoft!
When logged in yo outlook from my laptop, or even the browser on my iPhone, I can access all my contacts and contact lists. However, i do not have access to them through the iOS app.
I seems I only have the ability to select contacts that are on my phone.
I have occasions where i need to send a group email, and choosing one contact list, vs selecting multiple contacts is a time saver. I am not always near my laptop when I need to send these group emails, so having the ability to select my contact lists from the app would be a great addition to this app.
It looks like they finally stopped the behavior where if you leave an email open, go to another app then come back, the app would take you back to your inbox instead of the email you left open. Very happy to see that behavior is dead. I was getting ready to abandon Outlook because of that.
The next thing I’d really love to see is to be able to have actions like Delete and Mark as Read with search results displayed. Currently when search results are displayed, the only action you can do is open an email. Not even the swipe left/right actions work there.
I would give this 5 stars on my IPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 8 Plus but I’m having issues. I also have an XS. It’s great but I take a lot of pictures and send them via email. I have trouble taking a picture to attach to email on this app. I know it gives the option to reduce the image size, but the keyboard pops up every time and doesn’t give me the option to select reduce image size or I just get the wheel of death and nothing happens.
Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but it happens on all my devices and I don’t know how to fix it.
Outlook is perfect for school and work as well as secure.
However when it comes to accessing the emails on the app and not on a computer, half my emails don't show up unless I use the search tool for them.
It’s not missing in any folder (junk/spam, focused/other) it’s just invisible.
Also some days I just wont get ANY email notifications from the app but when I go in I’ve gotten 20+ throughout the day.
Just little details that made it 4stars and not 5–but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Downloaded this the other day for telecommute. Unfortunately, after I opened it to sign in using my employee account, I cannot access it due to previous methods my work number in place. Sign-in page does not have add new or other method feature to Sign-In page. Does not allow users to add other email address and or cell number at the Sign-In page. Had to add my cell number at my office workstation.
Does not have log off switch in user’s settings nor account manager which it seriously needs.