Microsoft has steadily been improving the Outlook app that is available on Android devices. Recently, they added support for add-ins which allow users to perform tasks without having to jump into a different app.
In addition to support for add-ins that were already available in other versions of Outlook such as Evernote and Trello, Microsoft has also brought support for Wrike, JIRA, MeisterTask, Gfycat, and MojiLaLa.
Add-ins are free to use and work with the already existing Outlook app on Android (opens in new tab). They're only available for Outlook.com and Office 365 commercial accounts but Gmail support is on the way. Here's our thoughts on Outlook's latest... addition.
Smooth as silk
The best thing about add-ins is that they just work. They're easy to setup, easy to use, and in our testing worked consistently and quickly. A personal favorite is Gfycat, as there isn't much I ever say that can't be said in a GIF.
To setup add-ins you open the settings icon and then scroll down to add-ins and pick the ones you want to use. Within emails there is a box icon that opens up a menu with all the different add-ins you've enabled.
Add-ins are aimed to skip the process of having to open another app and to that end they serve their purpose. For example, using the Trello add-in extracts information from an email and enters it into the details for a card.
Another handy add-in is Microsoft Translate, which can translate an entire email at once without having to copy and paste text into a new app.
A good start
As is the case with apps, having more options is always better. The add-ins that are already supported within Outlook on Android are very nice but over time we need to see the library of supported add-ins grow for it to be a viable part of Outlook for mobile. There are plenty more add-ins available for the desktop versions of Outlook, so hopefully developers will take the initiative to build adapt those add-ins for the Outlook's mobile apps.
Until then, add-ins are a useful but limited addition to Outlook on Android. But if you use any of the services that are currently supported, add-in support is a big boost to productivity.
Summing things up
Overall, add-ins work well and are a natural addition to the Outlook experience on Android that's been available on other devices for awhile.
Hopefully, Microsoft sees similar support from developers for add-ins optimize for mobile to what they've seen for other versions of Outlook.
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Been waiting for these to come to more Outlook versions. Most modern add-ins for Office are actually web apps, which means they can easily be added to various platforms. The add-ins in Android are mostly available in Office 365 Business accounts for a while now. Won't be surprised to see the modern Word/PPT etc add-ins come to the mobile apps if they aren't already there. Hoping to see them come to the Windows 10 Mail app, as it's my mail app of choice over full desktop Outlook, just so much more lightweight
Still can't pin individual mailboxes and there is no separate calendar client. The Android version needs these.
I recommend DigiCal, way better than the Outlook calender
I know this MAY not help you, but if you use the OnePlus launcher on a OnePlus phone, you can pin the quick actions for an app to the home screen. One of those is "View Calendar" for the Outlook App. Not sure if other launchers also allow this, I know the Microsoft Launcher does not though, default OnePlus 5 launcher does. It's not a separate app but you can jump right into the calendar directly using it
Not sure that is going to happen. Even outlook.live.com is combining calendar and mail. The same client is being pushed everywhere.
Although the Outlook Android app is good, I much prefer the one on W10M.
As a core email, calendar and contact management solution W10M is much better than the Outlook App on Android. It's one thing W10M and W10PC Mail app does best without any extra fluff
I want dark mode and a much "tighter" UI - there seems too much space wasted compared to the Win10M version
Agreed. Substratum helps but is a pain to manage given app updates.
lol i miss those days of wp. when people add + with lumia models. :)
Can the outlook app read and write new entries from the phone contacts app yet? Without that (and seperate calendar pin), its useless as the daily driver on android..
Yes, you can. In fact, I've used this feature for a while > https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/06/05/improving-people-in-outlook-fo...
I Uninstalled Outlook for Android. I have been pleading for a simple Unread message badge for over a Year!
Nine is fantastic for my Business Office 365 E-mail. And now I use the latest version Of Samsung e-mail for my Hotmail(Outlook) and Gmail.. works great AND gives me Unread messages.
unread badge is there but its not supported in vanilla android don't know why. but u can use microsoft launcher or others like nova etc.
Seems a little short-sighted to restrict to Outlook.com and Office 365 for Business. Just reduces further the incentive to use Office 365 Home. Perhaps that's the idea!
Outlook.com ARE the default Office 365 Home accounts.... I have Office 365 Home and my email addresses associated with it are all outlook.com accounts, and add-ins work perfectly fine.
Two things I learned from casual users when trying to teach them how to use the Outlook Android app. The Trash/Delete icon looks almost identical to the Archive button. Moving an email using the context menus is overly involved.
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