Microsoft testing new Office mobile features with Insiders

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's Office apps have received several new features for Insiders on iOS and Android.
  • You can now use Actionable and Quick Replies on Outlook for Android.
  • Outlook notifications on the Apple Watch have improved.

Insider testers of Microsoft Office apps on iOS and Android can test out new features starting this week. Many of the new features are for Outlook, including improved Apple Watch notifications, Actionable messages in Outlook on Android, and Smart replies on Outlook for Android.

Many of these new features emphasize replying to people quickly and without having to take many steps. Smart replies automatically generates a response that makes sense based on the contents of an email. Actionable messages allow you to perform quick actions, such as approving someone being added to a group, without having to take many steps. The theme of quick access to information extends to the Apple Watch with the improved notifications available for Outlook.

Microsoft breaks down all of the changes in their insider page for iOS and Android. Other features that are now available include specifying people as favorites in Outlook for Android and quicker access to your files from cloud locations on Outlook for iOS.

To get the latest updates, make sure you've signed up to the beta program you'd like to test and to refresh for updates in the Google Play Store.

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