Microsoft is internally testing Outlook Groups app for Windows Phone

Looks like Microsoft has some big plans for Outlook on Windows Phone. A new UserVoice section has popped up called Outlook Groups for Windows Phone.

So far, the UserVoice is limited to just a few suggestions from people evidently testing the app and feature.

The proposals are as follows:

  • Ability to toggle groups between favorites
  • Group Creation from App
  • Let me change group photo from the app
  • Ability to view user profile
  • Member Management
  • Discover groups should all me to request to join private groups

The word 'groups' is not being used here in the more traditional sense of 'groups of contacts' for quick email lists. Instead, this sounds like a continuation of sorts of Rooms, which was discontinued in June. That feature lets users collaborate and share information, including calendars, photos, and more. Although the idea was good, it does seem it would be more appropriate for those in business or commercial purposes.

Update: Outlook Groups were announced in late 2014 and Microsoft describes them like this:

"Getting things done at work means sharing information and collaborating across ad hoc groups and project teams. But, often times the tools we use to bring people together are different in each app—distribution groups in Outlook, buddy lists in Lync, groups in Yammer. That's why we're introducing Groups in Office 365, so you can easily connect with the colleagues, information and applications you need to do more."

No other details about Outlook Groups for Windows Phone are known. However, with Windows 10 Mobile on the horizon, we imagine Microsoft has a lot planned for their 'one OS to rule them all'.

Update 2: Turns out, Satya Nadella talked about this app recently at the Salesforce conference. Watch the video demo above!

Source: UserVoice; Thanks, Matt N., and Darren for the tips!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.