Outlook brings actionable messages to mobile apps

As Microsoft's Build 2019 developer conference gets started this week, the company lifted the veil on a handy new feature coming to its Outlook mobile apps for business users. Called "actionable messages," the feature allows users to take action on messages that tie in with specific integrations with services like SurveyMonkey, Freshworks, and more.

Actionable messages are already available through Outlook for Windows and on the web, but they're completely new for Android and iOS. Through actionable messages, you'll be able to take action on things like approving a timesheet, granting system access, or answering surveys directly through the Outlook app. The system uses adaptive cards, which Microsoft partners can create to integrate with Outlook.

According to Microsoft, actionable messages will be rolling out to Outlook on iOS and Android on mobile devices "over the next few months." Current partners developing actionable messages include SurveryMonkey, Freshworks, ServiceNow, and Sage, Microsoft says.

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