Microsoft Outlook for iOS - a job well done!

Acompli released an Outlook like app last year and Microsoft did not waste much of a time in snapping up this company. The result, Microsoft official Outlook for iOS app and in quick time.

Microsoft launched Office for iOS and Android sometime last year.  The lack of Outlook as an app was one of the issue that the company face and turns out, with Acompli, they managed to fill that annoying gap. 

After installing the app, it just feels like I'm using the Acompli app. For now it feels that Microsoft has just rebranded this app to Outlook, made a few updates and launched it. Most of the updates are integrations with Microsoft's own offerings (OneDrive is now available as an integration). Hopefully Microsoft continues to support Dropbox and Google Drive or other external cloud storage services in the future.

Microsoft's general manage of Office, told the Verge, "We have been and we'll continue to update the app weekly".

Some time back I wrote about the Acompli app while I was on the look out for a decent Calendar app. My feedback still stands the same for the Microsoft Outlook app, however after the rebranding, my perspective for the app changed. I'm looking at this app more from an email client perspective and less from a calendar app perspective. And so far as an email client, it does a great job and at the moment I can comfortably say its one of the best email clients for the iOS - yup, time to replace that slow and weird Gmail app on your phones.

I still continue to use Mailbox simply because I use this app on all my drives - iPhone, iPad, MacBook. With Microsoft Outlook available for all these platform as well, I'm still not sure about their Desktop app. I'm keeping my options open. 

With the launch of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft has been pushing its Office productivity software to iOS. There is a "preview" version for Android available for now and this only confirms that "iOS first" still holds true.

Zero Inbox

The race to having a zero inbox is on (I think). Looks like every other person in silicon valley is now trying to solve the ~30 year problem on the way one uses email.

First of all I don’t know what actually is the problem with email.  It works fine for me and it has worked for almost every one for ~30 years and counting. 

Email was (probably) one of the first communication tool (after regular mail) that stuck. Sending someone a mail in mere seconds was awesome. People understood the potential of email and so did retailers and the doctor who wants you to have good hair of a better sex life. This brings me to Zero Inbox.  

There are a number of apps now that allow you to manage your email better and allow you to snooze, archive, yada-yada to achieve that Zero Inbox. But that number never goes down. 

I signed up for an email Id in 1998 on usa-dot-net; I don’t even know if it exists but I got rid of it when they became a paid service.  Finally I signed up for an email Id on Hotmail in 2001 and finally settling with a Gmail id in 2003.  After that I have had 2 accounts on Gmail (I don’t know why) and my work email.  I spend about an hour every day (not at a stretch) and I receive about 90 emails on an average on all my 4 inboxes.

This is how my Mailbox app looks like:

 
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One email that I replied sometime back and before I swipe it to archive.  

“This is one of the reason Google Inbox does not work for me.  I find Mailbox app way better with its non-material design and ease of use on an iPhone.”

I did use tags in the past, but ever since the search has gotten better on these applications, I no longer tag my mails.  Searching is way better and easier.  And if you want even more search capabilities, use CloudMagic.

There is one thing I do every time I look at my Inbox. I don’t open every single email necessarily but I do scan them to see if I need that email or simply delete it.  This allows me to figure out if a newsletter frequency has increased or not. One of those I open, look for the unsubscribe from their service and delete the mail.  

Couple of other things that I did on my settings is go and hide the batch icon for unread emails.  This allows me to go to my email when I want to and not every time when there is a red badge. If you are using the default mail application on your phone, change your archive option to delete in your settings.  Chances are you want to delete more mails then just archiving them. 

I don't know if there is anything like an email ninja; I ain't no email ninja for sure.