Outlook tops Gmail in the Apple App Store



If we were the type to write puns and jokes, we suppose this would be a good time to say that the outlook for Microsoft's new iOS app is looking up. Luckily, we're not that type (right). Yesterday, Microsoft Outlook was launched in the App Store and quickly has become a rousing success. The app will handle your emails, contacts list, calendar needs and your files.

Outlook is off to such a great start, that it has even overtaken Gmail in the latest App Store charts. It is the 15th top free app in the U.S., and Apple included it in its list of Best New Apps. The company also sent out a tweet to herald the app's appearance in the App Store.

Microsoft has put together a video showing the iOS Outlook app in action. Feel free to take a gander at it by clicking on the video that heads up this story.


source: Microsoft via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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26 Comments

1. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

i like this new microsoft

2. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Tbh, outlook for web is kind of better and clean than Gmail, but it was seriously lacking behind in the app corner,glad the worked that out...but I'm still wondering what's in it for WP?maybe they are planning the revamps and updates for the summer when W10will be released.ps,great job ms

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They showed off the outlook universal app that will span both pcs and phones. Also in the new email wp client, you get FULL word document sending/editing right in the email itself instead of attaching a file, making for one of the richest email experiences as well.

3. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

i'm going to be quite honest. Gmail on my iPad is a bitch to use. Outlook seems to work seamless with my Gmail account without any lag and skipping of emails. I hope Google adresses this.

20. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Gmail on iOS app is a joke . Rather use mailbox or iOS native mail client

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just think if MS charged just .99for each Office app they bring to mobile, how much extra money they would make. But see they aren't greedy, they gave Office and Outlook FREE to all of us. Apple's own mail application is gonna get beat too.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It has nothing to do with Microsoft being greedy or not. It has everything to do with Microsoft loosing ground to Android and iOS in the mobile space (tablets and phones). This ultimately means its loosing customers to other free office and email products that are on non Microsoft platforms. Just look at 2014 alone over a billion new Android devices were sold. How many of those people are saying that they cannot live without Microsoft and its apps and services? We can only speculate, but I would bet that the vast majority of those people with Android devices are living just fine without Microsoft's apps and services. This is why Microsoft is adding its apps and services to the other platforms. It certainly isn't because of Microsoft's good nature.

6. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

MS might have not done a good job for some Windows users recently (i mean some hate W8 etc...) - phone platform suck a bit...(apps count not the OS itsself) ...but Google is heading into very bad years...Lolipop is just plain rubbish, their services are also not that great as of recent - OneDrive became much better, offers Office with better compatibility, email service that works as good as gmail if not better,(for me better) etc... Coming Windows 10, Desktop+tablets+phones - some newer and reworked apps from MS, also developers will be more attracted by WIN10 - i believe Google┬┤s piece of cake going to be a bit smaller soon...

7. InJuxHurYlem

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

LOL. Fanboy alert!

8. bucky

Posts: 3786; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nothing to do with fanboy. Simply giving his perspective. No reason to get butthurt.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

hurt alert. Right now the main advantage windows will have is. 1.5billion active devices. New pcs, especially on enterprise if they choose windows 10, that when you develop an app, you have a 1.5billion customer base. This is huge, and will truly be the tale if people want the same apps on their pc as on their phone. I for one love it. I have 3 tablets right now itching for windows 10, itching for my phone apps to seemlessly be available on them for the kids.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Don't forget that Google is not sitting on its laurels. Also Google has well over 2 billion customers already. Also Android has more tablet and smart phone users then anyone.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Google technically doesnt, not every android is google android, and a large portion of their China sales are AOSP free of google. While the OS is doing well...it becomes a battle to keep it in googles favor, which i think they will do just fine, and wont count them out. As long as no antitrust hits them, which i dont think will ever happen, they are set for awhile until something comes along and makes googles version of the mobile sphere go away. The only potential of that happening, is MS ditching arm all together, and intel providing baytrail or cherrytrail x86 socs for phones. Letting MS provide a much richer experience with a full windows core with a ui designed for small phones. They also need to adress the complaints of OEM's, and allow custom UI's, but have it follow a phylosophy. I know phones UI is what sets things apart, and they should if a custom UI is allowed, force OEM's to make a marketing plow of powered by windows in everything they do.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So in an earlier article you stated it was like 40% of all Androids are not running Google's version. Its much lower then that, but we will say even 50% of all Android devices are not running Googles version, just to make you happy. Now that means over a billion people which for the most part are not using Microsoft's apps or services, and for the vast majority of those people are living just fine without Microsoft and its apps and services. "The only potential of that happening, is MS ditching arm all together, and intel providing baytrail or cherrytrail x86 socs for phones. Letting MS provide a much richer experience with a full windows core with a ui designed for small phones." I am beginning to think either you don't look at what you type in, or you are having a brain fart. So I am finding it hard to believe in your mind if MS ditches ARM all together and only supports x86 socs for phones. This will let MS provide a much richer experience with full windows for phones. But then in your next paragraph you go on to say they need to address the complaints of OEMs. Well currently right now OEMs that have made any WP devices for MS, have to follow Microsoft's strict guidelines which includes the hardware and your only few specific Qualcomm socs they can use, which displays are supported, along with other hardware restrictions. This is in place today with WP. So with Microsoft restricting it to only x86 specific CPUs only. How is that going to help with sales of WP or Windows 10 phone? Hows that currently working out for Microsoft's WP after almost 5 years? No need to answer that one, because we both know. So with Microsoft restricting it to x86 only for phones. How do you think the vendors and OEMs will take that? It makes no sense. Microsoft has to include support for more Arm socs, or MS takes the risk of becoming a niche platform, which it was heading down that path until it introduced Windows 10 and universal apps. BTW Android has been an agnostic platform from day one, and the vast majority of Androids 1.5 million apps will work on any hardware (x86, ARM, MIPS), tablets, phones, smart watches, laptops, TVs, game boxes, cars, and more. This is where Microsoft still has to play catch up to Android and Google's play store apps. Remember Microsoft developers have to get on board, write and support universal apps.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I know its confusing for either one minded people or to see that people have open minds and open to many aspects. MS does have a problem. Yes a billion devices, if you honestly think those billion people do not have some form of MS ecosystem in their home or access to, here is a bridge to buy. The difference becomes, we have moved away from 3-4 pcs in the home and back to the 1-2 pcs, with 6 cell phones. Fact still remains there is 1.5billion devices running windows. And while that may dwindle, in the end for the near future, Companies and productivity users will have a mac or pc to use. We could call it agnostic, but my 4.1 app will not run on 2.1 android, it breaks without modifying the code. You might call it, minor modification, but in the end you have to modify it. Once more the only way to show dominance is to literally outdo the hardware way. Windows core already supports intel, so 'limited' number of socs goes from the 801 down to the 200 QUALCOMM, if there is more needed then you really have a difficult OEM. My statement still stands, if you want to make android irrelevant you have to make their foundation irrelevant. Apps exist within the android ecosystem because they were simply no other way to do it on a phone. You take that mindset away, and give a full pc chip that can run nearly all pc apps, then there is no need to create an 'app' in the traditional sense anymore. There is no need for a company to create a webportal, an app, and develop for 5 different software. Currently pc's have the luxury of what android has the luxury, device hardware adaptation. If you throw that same adaptation into a phone, it is now a flood gate. Mainly cause, x86 can run arm without any hiccups in an emulator state without to big of overhead. Currently the windows 10 code is arm compliant, so you wouldn't ditch it, but for the Lumia line, you set a precedent with intel and show OEM's what they can do with a intel chip. My 8in tablet blows away 'phones' and it cost me 150 brand new. All it needs is LTE and whats the point of a phone? In fact, with skype only costing 2.99 and me able to get 10-15 dollar data plans for tablets with my carrier whats the point of me having a 80 dollar bill? Google has partnered with sprint as an MVNO. Have MS partner as an MVNO with skype as the backbone of the 'phone'.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You really are stuck on Windows and truly don't know anything about any other platform or OEM's for that matter. So you think showing a precedent with Intel chips and showing OEM's what intel can do is going to help Windows. Okay so lets say it helps Windows. Now what do you think is going to happen with the OEM's? Are they just going to drop ARM, MIPS, or others all together? Now I will ask you this, why does Microsoft even want to bother with universal apps then, if going with x86 will solve and offer so much more? Why because Microsoft has realized that from day one Android didn't care what hardware you were running on (x86, ARM, MIPS). Its just didn't matter from day one. However Microsoft and a lot of others were complaining that Android was slow because it used a Virtual Machine to execute its applications. However in the long run this made Android future proof. Not to mention CPUs, GPUs and ram speeds on mobile devices are starting to rival a lot of desktops and laptops. Now fast forward today and now both Microsoft with its Universal apps and Apple with its Apple Swift are offering something like Android. Apple has to because its CPUs use to be the fastest ARM processors, but now there are a number of ARM OEMs that are surpassing Apples AX chips. Also Apple has to rely on its competition in order to make some its components. But that's only one reason. The other reason for Swift is because Apple wants to tie in its Desktop/Laptop OS X with its mobile iOS applications (iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and Apple Watch). This is the future for every platform. Why do you think Microsoft is doing the same with its Universal apps for Desktop/Laptop, Tablets, Phones, XBox and other devices. So dropping ARM or focusing only on Intel is great for legacy applications, but it will alienate the other OEMs (ARM, MIPS, PowerPC and others). Why do you think Android is the chosen platform for Ara? Its because Android uses a Linux kernel, which currently supports every CPU known to man, and Android sits on top and doesn't care what hardware its running on. I kind of laughed at your x86 can run ARM without any hiccups in an emulator state without to big of an overhead. Please do you even know anything about Operating Systems? First of all if you have even a Windows 10 for phone device running just Microsoft's OS only requires systems resources like CPU, GPU, Ram, and storage. Now if you want to run another OS even in emulation mode will require even more resources. Like more CPU, GPU, Ram and storage. Also with two running OS's running simultaneously with multi-tasking will also take a big hit on battery life and TDP. If you even think existing WP devices with only 512mb of Ram are going to run Android as well as Windows 10 for phones. Think again buddy. Its not going to happen. I will bet you a million dollars on that one. BTW the vast majority of WP devices in the world are only 512mb WP devices.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I forgot to add that currently low end ARM processors are still better then Intel's lowest Atom processors for TDP and battery life. Also half decent ARM chips also have built in 3G, 4G, LTE wireless support, unlike Intel Atom chips that require outside third party chips to offer that support, which consumes more power. So ARM processors are still better then any Intel processor on phones.

14. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Sorry man i am not a fanboy of any platform - Note 3 neo and Note 8 are my main devices...i use (have to use) windows on regular way and my Note 8 is constantly on RDC to my winserver. I must agree i had also ThinkPad tablet 2 with win8+digitizer but after 2 days it was resaled. I just dont like where is google heading with material and stuff.... I simply see that if MS will take their mobile platform RIGHT, then google have to fear....MS have servers, PCs with w10 solid tablets and phones...google has chrome os, web browser, tablets that are just bigger phones....i will probably switch with Win10 release.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do hope they will create momentum and they have a great product with Windows 10 as far as I can tell. But I have to disagree on a few statement. As a Android enthousiast, I can tell you Lollipop is everything but rubbish, can't wait for my fav apps to change to Material Design, GoogleDrive is still better than Onedrive and works great with Google Docs, which I use next to my Office. I think there is place for everyone, iOS, Android and Windows (phone).

16. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Sorry for the rubbish word i used...You are right some prefer google but i receive files only made on MS excel and 99% of them drive and sheets are not able to open them properly. Just yesterday i was sitting at the pc and had time to compare both side ti side...Drive vs OneDrive...Sheets vs Excel Online...Gmail vs Outlook.com in browser...actually i like those changes that MS recently made and i move my gmail onto outlook.com.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I use Office more than I use GoogleDocs, mainly because of being able to open all files, mine and customers. And I do like Office 2013. When it comes to webinterface, I always prefered outlook.com over gmail. So much simpler and colorfull. And this new app is a gem as well, but use it only for my outlook email adress. I use 3 different mails apps, including outlook, because of my homescreen, tasker setup. I am curious about Cortana on the desktop.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do like the new app with its MD on Android, but it's still buggy as hell. Not to mention a few MD guidelines aren't followed. Other than that... I'm lovin it...

15. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

There are not many changes made to that app in compare to original Acompli...some features are nice and hopefully they will improve it. I still have Acompli installed and compared side to side and they pretty identical...app needs just more settings that exchange support to implement.

17. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I set up all my mail accounts (2 exchange & 2 gmail) in outlook for android...and it starts acting up...whenever I open app...it starts crashing...email arrives, it starts crashing...not stable at all...good effort by microsoft though....and I am back to stock gmail app.

18. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

What I find amazing is the best Gmail app is made by Microsoft/Acompli and on the iOS app store. I like this new era of cross collaboration.

27. tomakali

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

these are the compelling requirements of a startup/smb 1.replace notepad with super-light version of visualstudio[notepad is mostly used for writing/editing code] a replacement to notepad++ is a welcome to developers 2.add Excel-Mode in calculator In business environment most people are used to excel formula. In Excel mode, if we can calculate simple 24x24 table of data with excel formula that would be very useful 3.we have lan messenger to communicate in our office, a simple chat app for business environment would be good 4.add "wave hand"{like xbox"} to webcam/frontcam to invoke signin to computer as an alternate method to touch/click. zoom in, zoom out in universal apps can be implemented too... people can learn to get used to it 5.why can windows 10 identify me when i bring my mobilephone(any platform with windows app installed) near to any windows 10 computer 6.i want my windows phone to start a quick conversation with masterchief {when i bring my mobilephone near xbox} and i will be insanely excited if Masterchief becomes AI agent on xbox and cortana on my laptop and mobile. this will induce the consumers to start/continue conversation with AI more naturally 7.a micro-version of surface phablet is required for business users. a 7" device with detachable wireless keypad/battery 8.cortana should be concentrating on awareness in the society: eg: an accident reported at 5km from here. take caution and plan your route accordingly 5mm rainfall is reported at 1km from here. take caution and plan your travel a tornado is crossing this way do not panic; take shelter a fire is reported in central museum take caution and plan your day 9.Cortana: A Personal Advisor eg: Ive been noticing you using your computer for more than 8hrs a day. Im worried you might fall sick. why dont you go for a ride or take a walk. the temperature is nice outside 10.I go to a party or to my aunt house, cortana detects that im in a new place then cortana should go like Hey David; looks like we are new to this place maybe iam new here. why dont you introduce me? [just tap phones for NFC introduction] cortana gets as much info about the new person and stores the information. later if im in a party and cortana detects that one of the tapped phones is also nearby she can tell me that shes near Ahhhh... cant wait for magic to happen...

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