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What does Microsoft's purchase of Acompli mean for Outlook?

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Acompli for a rumored $200 million. For Windows Phone users, Acompli is a new name. Indeed, many of us were not even aware of the company because their claim to fame – an email client – is only available on iOS and Android.

Like many people, after hearing the news I went and downloaded Acompli to my iPhone 6 (don't fret, I keep it on standby for such instances). Let me explain why the app earns the rave reviews from users.

Acompli email screens

Clean, smart and almost universal

Acompli is attractive for a few reasons, mostly feature related:

  • Multiple inbox support: Outlook, Exchange, Gmail, Dropbox, Box, iCloud and more
  • Unique features: add location to email with a single button touch, send availability, and create invite
  • Attach from anywhere: Accompli connects up to Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Focused Inbox: Acompli weeds out newsletters, spam, and other items to reveal only 'real' emails
  • Scheduling: By sliding on a message, you can schedule an email to disappear and reappear in your inbox
  • Calendar and Contact support
  • Linked inbox view: multiple accounts can be fed into a single email inbox

Best of all, for iOS and Android, Acompli is free to use. It is not clear what Acompli's long-term business plan was for revenue, but at least this is a problem they no longer have to consider.

Overall, the app is clean, minimalist, and easy to use. If you are a fan of Outlook.com or the Windows 8.1 app, you can quickly grasp the attractiveness of Acompli for Microsoft.

Microsoft's plans for Acompli?

Despite today's announcement, Microsoft has not made clear what will happen with the app. For instance, this is the only thing Microsoft revealed on their announcement post (opens in new tab):

"We're excited about what's possible as we build on the app's success and bring it together with work currently in progress by the Outlook team. Our goal is to deliver fantastic cross-platform apps that support the variety of email services people use today and help them accomplish more."

As a result, Microsoft could implement Acompli's design and technology into their Outlook products and for $200 million, the price of the company is relatively low for what they get.

On the other hand and as Paul Thurrott articulated nicely, Microsoft could rebrand the app as Outlook.com in order to deliver a consistent email experience across iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone. Thurrott notes that currently, the app experience of Outlook varies across all three platforms, and this goes against Microsoft's articulated 'one' vision.

If making Accompli into Outlook is the goal, a Windows Phone/Windows universal app would likely co-launch with Windows 10 later next year. This strategy makes sense when you consider how Microsoft has decoupled Xbox Music, Video, Podcasts and even system settings like Battery Saver from the Windows Phone OS. They have done this in order to update dynamically those bits without the need for an OS upgrade. Why not do the same for the email client?

As of today, the email experience on Windows Phone is lacking even when compared to the Outlook.com version. Sure, Outlook on Windows Phone is clean, minimalist and meets the standards for average users, but Google is clearly the email-master, while iOS makes up for their anemic client through excellent third-party alternatives. Microsoft needs to beef up the email for Windows 10 and building off Acompli and taking the best of Outlook.com could be that path.

We are certainly keeping our eyes on what the Outlook team delivers in the coming months. In the meantime, tell me what you think of the acquisition and potential plans in comments.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

186 Comments
  • Nicely explained :)
  • I didn't learn much. I'm happy with email on WP and am worried this will mess it up to add features I don't want or need.
  • Yes, let's cripple and hinder functionality across the board based on your specific needs... Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • You mean like how non-WP email and calendar clients routinely screw up group appointments on Exchange when accepting or declining reschedules and other changes? (I'm especially looking at you iOS.) That said, the Windows 8 mail app has always had an issue with my ISP's MAPI client when it comes to deleting messages, while Outlook (the application) and WP's mail client work flawlessly in that regard.
  • How can you be happy with email on WP?  It's an utter disaster.
  • Utter disaster? Really? I think not. Works great for me. That's not to say there aren't those who want more features though.
  • It's terrible compared to anything else. If you do not have an activated Android kit Kat phone and an active Gmail account you cannot speak here.
  • Wait what? You cannot speak here on WINDOWS CENTRAL without an Android??
  • Went to Outlook tried to compose an email today to send a video I had shot earlier. No dice. How could I forget I need to go camera roll instead, silly me.
  • Try attaching a document. I tried the other day. Not possible.
  • Attaching a document can be accomplished two ways, both are flawed regardless: 1)attach via office hub, however your limited to 1 attachment, subsequent attachments not possible as the file picker directs into the photo hub 2)use a file manager and share your documents however that means composing a new email and pasting the contents into the email you need to send. Photos are not a problem and also to attach to a video you need to share or use a filepicker...
  • I really wonder how and why this attachment feature was left out of the Mail client in WP. This is something really basic and essential. And worse, it has not yet been added and it is unlikely that it will be either till Windows 10 drops.
  • You do know there is now a "Files" app for WP now right?
    I quickly just opened the files app and selected multiple files (two images) and then tapped "share" and then selected the email account I wanted to use. It attached both files easily and flawlessly. Now sure what else you're expecting.
    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/files/762e837f-461d-4847-8399-3526f54fc25e
  • @poddie It doesn't "work great" for you or anyone else, because it sucks horribly beyond compare.  My PalmOS Treo offered a better email experience than WP. Want to edit a forward or reply before sending?  No dice. Want to attach anything other than a photo to a forward or reply?  No dice. Want to italicize something for emphasis?  No dice. Without a doubt, WP offers the world's worst email client.  It is just plain terrible.  Sad, because the one on Windows 8.1 is, at least, passable.  Not good, but passable.  Why not make it available on WP 8 as a start?
  • Yeah, even Windows Mobile 6 has a better email client.  Agendus (PalmOS) is better than Calendar (WP),  and Chatter is better than Mail (WP) :/ Symbian still has more features than Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft is slow when it comes to anything Windows Phone related.
  • I'm XTC, are you sure about all those? I can edit a forward, I just tried it. You are right that the client cant attach anything but a photo. I can forward attachments from the OneDrive app though. The good news is that Activesync + Windows Phone mail is just like Outlook.com or 365, far superior in sync reliability compared to IMAP. I've had an iPad duplicate all my contacts, and screw up all my linked contacts. I always think you should stick to one ecosystem stack. Android +Gmail. Apple + iCloud (or whatever its called this year, it changes) or Windows + MS Services. The mail client is good, it just needs additional functionality.    
  • @hwangeruk Yes, I am sure.  I'm on my new 8.1U1 HTC One for Windows and I can't edit a forward or reply. But saying "the mail client is good, it just needs additional functionality" is like saying, "Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work...and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, and rear-end.  Only $4,800.  Also new rings, mufflers, and a little wiring."
  • Wait a minute... x I'm tc is telling me that it doesn't work great for me?  You know my usage patterns, and what I want from an email client?  You, sir, are the problem with the internet.  You can't possibly imagine that everyone doesn't want exactly what you want.  So narcissistic and presumptive.   Yes, it does work great for me.  I have no need to edit forwards.  I rarely need to attach files other than pictures, and when I do I use OneDrive anyway.  The interface is very clean and very fast, and that is a priority for me.  Reliability is perfect... never had a crash or an error.  As I said, there are certianly features that some would find useful that are missing.  That still does not qualify as "an utter disaster". 
  • It lacks some features like multiple file attaching, format-editing, and some more here and there which may mean the world to some, but some may n not even pay heed to them. But calling it an utter disaster is a bit too harsh. My POV.
  • @Prakeern98_lumia520 What would qualify as an utter disaster if not this? It is the worst email client on any device I have ever used.
  • What do you use for email currently?
  • Thank you! Sometimes I don't understand some people.WP mail app is a disappointment sorry to say
  • @lippidp I agree with you 100%!  Yes, they decoupled XBox music and has made it worst.  It's damn near looks crippled than what it used to be.  This nonsense about being able to update quicker is bunk.  How many updates have they done with the new music app?  And it still not even close to what it was.  Microsoft has a bad habit of taking 10 steps backwards them taking iddy biddy steps forwards and call it progress.  I'm with RodneyJ on this.  Stop pretending MS cares about those who support their products.  They are probably doing this only to support those who use iOS and Android.
  • Seriously, I suspect they disbanded the awesome Zune team, that's the only explanation for the disappointing Xbox music fiasco!
  • They did.
  • Nice waiting for this!!!!
  • Where's the wp app? Just kiddin'
  • What will be the fate of Accompli?
  • I mean, I think I spend the lower half of the article talking about that question.
  • We're suppose to read these things? I thought we were just suppose to read the headlines, then ask questions from there. I've always assumed that those words below the headlines were your personal diary.
  • Too bad you can't "Share to Speech Lite" the article, to cut out all that reading.
  • Hey Daniel, these are the same people who think you can get Lumia Cyan/Denim by downloading the Developer Preview.  Great article!  Thanks for rhe info.
  • I think you missed the (bad) joke.  He's making a pun on the Latin expression 'fait accompli'.
  • Whoosh! Right over Rubino's head.
     
  • Rod was making a joke.
  • I liked Jas' joke better.
  • LOL, good one.
  • Bravo on that joke. Loved it.
  • ​Fait accompli ​- Something pretty much set in stone to happen. Huh. Who knew my reading of Nietzsche would ever have value in an article about a mobile app? ​
  • Anyway we won't get it. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • ur android. u will definitely. Microsoft isnt a cruel cross platform company.
  • Nice one. Idk what's wrong with Google and android they are like stubborn kids. Money is the only thing on their mind I guess.
  • Am wp user also.I here meant wp won't get this app from MS nd only android or iPhone users will get it. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • windows 10 wont do cruelty with. bcoz its ine windows. Microsoft doesn't have to spend their time updating for full windows, RT,wp.
  • windows 10 wont do cruelty with. bcoz its ine windows. Microsoft doesn't have to spend their time updating for full windows, RT,wp.
  • Who's we? I just installed it on my OnePlus.
     
  • Calling it "Outlook.com" wouldn't make much sense since Microsoft has said they'll keep the current features of the app, such as support for all email services. On the other hand, rebranding it to "Outlook" and making it part of the Office suite is logical.
  • Last I checked, Outlook Mobile on Windows Phone lets me sync up Google email, Yahoo, etc. How exactly is Acompli any different? Explain, please.
  • But the "Outlook.com" app on Android and iOS can't connect to other email services than Microsoft's. EDIT: Oh, maybe you meant rebranding the Windows/Phone apps?
  • I think that is exactly the problem I mention in talking about app experience inconsistency...
  • No, the native apps on Windows/Phone are called "Mail" because they obviously have to support all email services, so it wouldn't be logical to rebrand these to "Outlook.com". I'm asking myself if Microsoft will decide to keep the app free for everyone or make it require an Office 365 account. In the first case, they IMO should: • rebrand the Acompli app to "Outlook" on Android and iOS in a future update • make it part of the Office suite • remove the Outlook.com apps from the said platforms • update the Windows/Phone Mail apps and make them at least equivalent to the Android and iOS Outlook apps. In the second case, they IMO should: • rebrand the Acompli app to "Outlook" on Android and iOS in a future update • make it part of the Office suite and make it require an Office 365 subscription • keep the Outlook.com apps on the said platforms for its own email service • release a Modern Outlook app for Windows/Phone requiring an Office 365 subscription at least equivalent to its Android and iOS counterparts. Whatever they decide, they'll obviously integrate interesting features into the Outlook desktop apps.
  • Agreed. I installed it on my HTC One M7 and this app appears to offer what just what Microsoft needs to be branded as an "Outlook" app. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Outlook Mobile <> Outlook.com I think the point is that Accompli should be come Outlook Mobile, IOW the Mobile version of the Outlook email client. It's already most of the way there. Outlook.com, the redheaded stepchild of MS service names, needs a rebrand. Especially since for most people Outlook is the MS brand for not just email, but collaboration like email, calendaring and contacts. Outlook.com is distinct from Calendar and Contacts in the web app versions and superficially it's also disinct as an App on iOS and Android.  I think "Outlook.com" as an Email service needs ANOTHER rebrand (I suggest simply, Microsoft Mail) and keep Outlook clearly defined as a software client. That said, they could create a web app for Outlook too - similar to the rest of the Office online web apps - but they need to make clear that it's a client for MS's email, calendar and contact services. And yes, I know this already exists as part of Office 365/Exchange for business, but it should be a single experience for the end user with different data sources (Outlook.com/Hotmail vs Exchange). 
  • Or we get at last an incomplete app
  • Hopefully this means Windows Phone will finally get native free/busy support!
  • What??? I'm pretty sure it has it already
  • I think it is nice move. It might be even an indirect jab at Google's childish behaviour i.e not making apps for WP. This can be an efficient alternative. With this we can say who the heck needs Google's official app when we have got better than those, mytube/metrotube for YouTube and now this and so on. Only thing that I couldn't find good alternative was for Google skymap.
  • I don't like using Third-Party apps especially when they cost money.. So I would still like an official YouTube app.
  • Mytube and metrotube are absolutely free, in the case of latter one it has unlimited free trial and still no ads. Even if I get an official one, I would still like to stick with these.
  • Eventually, the mobile space will be dominated by so called third party apps just like the legacy desktop. This is only a natural evolution. Consider apps like pidgin vs yahoo messenger or google talk. Pidgin IMHO is better than the official chat apps of yahoo and google. And so many other examples.
  • I'll never understand by everyone complains about not having an official YouTube app.  I just use the mobile YouTube website.  It works the same way as an app would and I simply pin the YouTube website to my start screen as a live tile.  I even log into my account with my Gmail info and all my favorites, watch later, etc. are all there.  I mean, really, what's the difference?
  • Customers like these are the majoirty of WP that's MSFT doesn't update their apps or OS. These folks will accept ANYTHING.
     
  • TubeCast is the best free one for WP that I've used. It even displays memory usage and supports captions.
  • I'll bet that if MS rebrand the app to Outlook, the second that the "O" in the name hits Google Play, Google will drop the support for the app. That would be just like them.
  • If they give up the outlook branding then they're really stupid
  • Who has suggested that route? No one to my knowledge.
  • I'm just speculating, Microsoft has made some really silly mistakes in the past
  • Give up outlook branding. And set aside the millions of people who use Outlook at work on a daily basis? You think Microsoft would actually make that silly mistake huh?
  • I meant if they replace the name with acompli or something stupid like that. I was just speculating, take it easy
  • MSN Mail..
  • Oh god no.. Don't give them ideas
  • They've done sillier.
  • Like which...??
  • Pretty much clear that it is other way round.
  • I love the Outlook brand! Much better than Hotmail or Windows Live Mail. Here's to hoping the next cross-platform Outlook mail client is powered by Acompli!
  • i guess with accompli Microsoft wants to make mailing better on pcs tablets and windows phones. of accompli is integrated with wp inorder to promote even windows phone. this will help office 365,dyanamics users too. maybe Skype. they have to win back customers of gmail too.
  • Well as the "biggest software maker" in the world and makers of the desktop Outlook client Microsoft should have been able to produce something comparable if not better for Windows 8 & WP but they clearly couldn't be bothered so this could be an easy way out.
  • I think the strategy before was to simply make an app for Android and iOS that simply served Hotmail/Outlook.com customers. Now, it looks like Microsoft wants the name "Outlook.com" to represent a robust email service, AND a strong cross-platform mail client that you can add everyone else's services to as well.
  • The current Outlook.com app sucks on Android, I searched it for myMail a couple months ago. Accompli should either replace Outlook.com or be branded as "Outlook". I would prefer the latter. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Well, the app is already 'done' on iOS and Android, aka 80% of the market. Why reinvent it and try to compete instead of just plopping down $200M and just build the Windows version?
  • That is exactly how the whole office suite was created, through acquiring companies who had already made the product and incorporate it into the Microsoft product/service lines.
  • And it worked.
  • I would thankfully have an alternative to MetroMail once Acompli gets released.
  • Apparently their business plan was to have someone buy them. Quite successful I'd say.
  • Making and flipping companies is very common for startups these days.
  • Well I think that the email experience in wp will be better isn't it.
  • That price of crud iPhone
    ...
  • I'm glad to see Microsoft really working toward their vision. All hail Microsoft ❤
  • How did you do an emoji?!?!
  • By typing it in, duh ❤
  • I use Acompli on my iPad and quite frankly its the best ActiveSync mail client I've ever used.
  • Dan has an iPhone???? Heresy! Lol jk, I've never heard of this app either and I tried it out on my Moto X and its pretty nice.
  • I prefer my iPhone to any Android, so far at least ;)
  • well said.
  • I wonder what's the total value of all the gadgets and tech that Daniel has around.  :)
  • I know huh!?  With every update, Android is getting laggier and laggier.  I mean, I installed KitKat on my Nexus 7 and it slowed it down.  Now I've updated to Lollipop and the thing is CRAWLING!  I'm gonna have to flash it back to JellyBean to get it to work properly.
  • Am glad for the purchase (not that it matters) but when they already have the best mail client in the form of Office Outlook, why scout for features from other apps? Why is it very difficult to port the more consumer friendly features of Outlook 2013 to the default Mail app? Unless I'm missing something from their One vision, they are investing in something which they already have and perfected over the years.
  • Outlook's feature set is very much dependent on Exchange. You cannot make tasks or appointments without the respective item classes. You Can even add your own types. For a customer solution it's too complex.
  • Not all. That's the reason why I said consumer friendly features. For ex - They can bring over the HTML formatting, Team email, integrated calendar and tasks manager, Rules, Archiving etc. from Outlook, basically whatever is being touted in Acompli. AFAIK, not all of them require Exchange to work.
  • I would like to see WP email client updated regularly, wether it's the current app or the new one they will create. I really miss attaching files, so I work around that with OneDrive but it's not always ideal. And rebranding the new app to Outlook would make a good jump start on having some user base on the other platforms where they can promote Outlook.com service more.
  • I dont think they will name it outlook, it will confuse enterprise user with office outlook that they use.
  • Is Outlook really that bad that he needs to be replaced?
  • Outlook is not bad, it just needs to be better!
  • Outlook is great. The Outlook.com apps on iOS and Android suck.
  • -From humor side-
    MS taking over apps/companies rebranding it and saying that they made it. #IlluminatiConfirmed.
  • Lumiati
  • This how most large corporations work one they get to a certain size. Google gfs buying up companies left and right. Heck, they bought Android and slot a lot of G'Mails features. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Nothing new. See: Hotmail.
  • You've described the history of Microsoft in one line.
  • ...and most other companies.
    Apple bought Siri
    Google bought Android with loads more examples, abound.
  • Great News, This the only thing i was missing in Windows Phone, a great mail app. Because i dont like that much, for that which comes by default in Windows Phone leaves much to be desired, as Microsoft calendar. I just hope by mid-2015 is available in the Windows Phone Store. Please take your time, do not do the same with Foursquare, no rush...    
  • Bring it on. And can we please have yellow back as the "Outlook colour"? this little thing is the complaint I hear the most about the lastest office. And when we are at it: There seem to be a W8 guideline forbidding plain sunny yellow. Have talked to a psych about it... told me to make vacations in Spain
  • Outlook is for Windows, Gmail for Android and iCloud is for IOS users. Those mail servers needs to be updated to have ability to sync mails from other servers. I don't like this idea of having an app for e-mails instead of original ones that are supposed to do those jobs.
  • Outlook.com already syncs other mail accounts. Having different apps means different working sets, if you are required to use another provider.
  • I'm pretty sure with the new Gmail update you can add other servers except of course for iCloud users. 
  • Data mining, duh. ;)
  • It might be faster
  • Excellent Article. 
  • Can someone explain why this would be useful? "Scheduling: By sliding on a message, you can schedule an email to disappear and reappear in your inbox" I'm not a big e-mailer, so I don't really understand this feature.
  • It will allow the email client in windows phone to be an independent app and not part of the WP OS. It could then be updated at it own pace like battery savor, data sense, and etc.
  • Similar to G-Mails swipe to archive motion. You swipe the e-mail to the right and you receive a prompt to show this email to show in a few hours, this evening, tomorrow or a custom time you may choose to enter Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I assume you get a notification once it reappears, right? So it's basically like a snooze button? I could definitely see something like that being useful! Thanks!
  • Oh please no, I hope they don't copy its design with the buttons on top. It freaking sucks with one hand. If they use it for W10 I hope they change the design. I want all the buttons at the bottom. Why do we have to follow the design on other platforms? Same happened with the OneDrive app. It sucks. Although I've heard they are redesigning OneDrive for us again.
  • @ Daniel Rubino: Very utter nonsense, sense of using images.
    Hating the image showing iPhone over windows phone. :-X
  • I really don't understand the need to do anything more with email. Seems pretty strightfoward as it is. But I'll reserve my judgement until I get my hands on it.
  • My flip phone is pretty straight forward, I don't understand the need for anything more.
  • +CarrierPigeon
  • Outlook is fine and works very well, so why jibba jabba with others? Shutting down competition might be a good strategy...
  • Sounds like an evil plan...
  • I'm confused on why not just build these features into outlook instead of dropping 200mil
  • So you don't have to build these features?
  • Cross-Platform is another way of saying that nothing's in plan for Windows Phone.
  • Honestly, I like the design of Outlook on Android. And I like it a hell of a lot more than Google's horrendous new "Material Design" that has infested Gmail and every Google-owned service. Acompli's design on Android is very similar to Outlook's. So I see no point in that. Actually, Acompli's design for Android is very VERY identical to Sony'a own proprietary email app. So, as far as Android goes, I don't see any need for Microsoft to merge the apps. Actually, if anything, they can add features to Outlook. But if they replace it with Acompli, they'll be detaching the experience from the PC experience of Outlook (in the sense that the colours that you can pick fo away).   I honestly don't see any point in this purchase apart from acquiring expertise. But hey...this wouldn't be the first silly purchase Microsoft did this year.
  • Oh no...
  • just 10K downloads in Googleplay!
  • Thanks Daniel. This is exciting. I still hope that there will also be a way to turn an email into a task....or, at least, that Outlook significantly advances in its task list management capabilities. 
  • yea here we go again, just as they removed the OS integrated windows live messenger, bought skype and now you see what we have there, where are the guys that started this project called windows phone? im sure they must be crying seen how it gets torn apart in the name of business
  • Really, there should be a standalone app for Mail on WP. The thing that is present now isn't that good.
  • Google the email master, huh? I can't stand Gmail.  Between its overly-agressive filtering, unexplainable delays receiving mail, lack of real folders, and horrible IMAP/Exchange integration, I'd gladly take anything else. Gmail might be okay for casual email users, but for anyone who really "uses" their email, it isn't very good.  Outlook.com, for example, is much better.
  • If this app is the future mail client for WP, then what we can expect is a new "Loading..." & "Resuming..." app as everything else they have splitted from the OS
  • Ohh you have an I Phone6 on standby?
    Don't you think its enough for us!
    Why not an I phone 5 or 4 then?
  • Hey Dan. This is probably not the right place but I can't think of anywhere else to get you. But what is your take on bending iPhones? I am asking you since you can afford to keep emotion out of it since, well, you are primarily not an iphone user. Maybe an article on it? Yes, one can hope.
  • Always look forward to your explanations after something like this, Daniel. Thanks for the write up. Question, how does this compare with the new email app from Liquid Daffodil? I've been curious about that since you guys mentioned it but haven't heard anything since.
  • Given that Microsoft still doesn't have very good WP support built in for Outlook, ANYTHING would be an improvement
  • I want Xbox email
  • That would be great!  I feel very unloved by MS as a loyal Windows Phone / Win 8.1 user.  Touch version of Office?  First on iOS, next on Android, LAST ON WINDOWS!  
  • Ha ha ha, if a company won't support our platform then we buy them.
  • Sweet
  • Saving this article. I am interested in what they will make for windows phone 10.
  • I really want to see accompli integrated into outlook, the website version is awesome and the metro.mail is great so.why.cant the WP be good, hopefully wp10 gets this right
  • Side note... Outlook on Microsoft mobile devices has always felt rushed and like a disaster. Even w10 email client is a mess.
  • I wish they could make a standalone Outlook app on WP. While the integrated email client is fine, I prefer a more robust app for when I want to use aliases and the likes. It kills me to fire up my old Android phone to use the Outlook app to send a email with an alias which is not the primary one...
  • Going the Skype highway. Will become less useful for security reasons. Or will behave like the phone dialer, where you cannot search your contacts. Way to go ms!
  • Whatever it takes to get 'Select All' in WP's e-mail client is a plus for me!
  • Good Job Microsoft, thank you Daniel! for your article!
  • But, does it connect to Dropbox???  
    Accompli connects up to Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive
     
  • Just downloaded it onto my works iPhone 5s however it doesn't seem to support POP/SMTP email
  • it's clear to me that with acoompli and the upcoming windows 10, microsofts aim will be more business oriented in their next product cycle. As an end user and consumergrade user, I think windows 8.1 modern UI is currently the best experience on my surface pro. I think I'll skip windows 10 and wait for windows 11 and hope to see more modern UI, less desktop, and a whole lot more improved stylus and ink-to-text recognition elements. Microsofts surface computer model is still the design to beat. And we all know what we eventually want, right? Yes, correct, the Courier!!!
  • Multiple inbox support: Outlook, Exchange, Gmail, Dropbox, Box, iCloud and more. ALL RIGHT!!! Unique features: add location to email with a single button touch, send availability, and create invite. INTERESTING, BUT NEVER POPT TO MIND TO NEED SUCH A FEATURE. Attach from anywhere: Accompli connects up to Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive. I WANT TO SEE ATTACHMENT FROM AAALLLL FILE SOURCES. CLOUD STORAGE FOR ME IN DAILY LIFE IS OVERRATED. 9/10 TIMES I UPLOAD FROM LOCAL OR CARD STORAGE. Focused Inbox: Acompli weeds out newsletters, spam, and other items to reveal only 'real' emails. GOOD! OUTLOOK ALREADY DOES THIS TO A DEGREE. Scheduling: By sliding on a message, you can schedule an email to disappear and reappear in your inbox. I WOULD RATHER LIKE SCHEDULING AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFERED AND ROSTERED INTO THE CALENDAR APP. Calendar and Contact support.  IN WHAT WAY. LIKE OUTLOOK FOR THE DESKTOP? Linked inbox view: multiple accounts can be fed into a single email inbox. HAS IT ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES.
  • So Microsoft is still committed to providing a better Office experience on the other platforms than its own.
  • Well, MS tells us it has the tools to make cross-platform development easy... Let's see just how easy. If Acompli appears on WP before the New Year, then we know it's easy. And works as intended.
  • I believe thats VS to others not others to VS.
  • However, you can vote for bringing Acompli's solution to both Windows and Windows Phone: W: https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/... WP: https://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sug...  
  • Daniel, you reference the "One" Microsoft vision in their attempt to have one common experience for all MS services across all devices. How similar are the Accompli iOS and Android apps? At a glance they seem functionally identical, which is good, but have slightly different UI themes which mimic the iOS and Material designs, also good. Do you think the Windows 10 Universal app will copy that? Personally I'm not a fan of the "one UI to rule them all" approach. I think feature parity is critical, but I think that broad UI/UX concepts should be tied to the OS not to the app. Settings go where the OS designers say they go. Common gestures like back, refresh and next are defined by the OS, not the app. If MS tries to port this app directly to WP, I think they are setting themselves up for failure. First, it will no longer feel like a first party solution which most people prefer for core uses like email, contacts and calendars and it will also not translate simply to Windows 10 Metro/RT. Perhaps more importantly, if you look and feel exactly like iOS and Android what will differentiate you as a platform choice? Price?  
  • Rebranding it as outlook would make sense, since outlook is a client that works with other services. Rebranding it as outlook.com wouldn't really make any sense, since that's a specific email service. It would be daft to have outlook.com be the app you connect to gmail with. It could replace the outlook.com app, but if it works with other services it should be called outlook, not outlook.com.
  • I need an email app capable of printing.
  • Personally, I dislike Acompli as an email client and prefer the client on WP8.  I recently decided to abandon WP8 (Lumia 1520) and am currently still trying to decide between an iphone 6+ and a Nexus 6.  I've tried Acompli (briefly) on both IOS and Android and it's buggy on Android and I quickly uninstalled it after noticing it displayed the wrong user names on emails and couldn't perform a search of my folders on our exchange server.  The IOS version worked better, but I really didn't care for it over the stock client on IOS.  For Android, the best email client I've found for Exchange is "Nine - Exchange Activesync" by 9Folders.  However, 9Folders only makes an Android client.  I've tried the stock android client and Touchdown as well but there are problems with both of those.  
  • I love outlook as a service, but the varied experience you get depending on what device or account you're using is abysmal. There's the phone version, another with office, the online one, and the w8 variety, and then there's OWA I use for work that is like I'm stuck in 2007. I really hope we get a consistent experience everywhere.
  • Totally Agree. I'm really hoping that the Office Mobile suite for Windows 10 includes a new touch centric Outlook app to replace the shoddy Mail app and that a "Online" web version replaces the Outlook.com/Calendar/Contacts web apps alongside Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint Online.  Then let Acompli be the phone version of Outlook and shape it to look and feel like the Windows 10 version of Outlook on iOS and Android. The open question is which version ends up on Windows Phone...Acompli or Outlook Mobile for Windows 10. I'm guessing the latter in Universal app form, but we'll see.
  • wow, now the microsoft's best mail client app is for android and iOS
  • Add some of the features to outlook would be nice. Just not all the social crap like on inbox.com.
  • Would be good for landscape mode on NL1520 to read ur letters like iphone6 plus
  • Some times Microsoft is so stupid that they could decide to rename the accompli app outlook and remove all the features so it works like the current outlook app. Or better! Rename ms outlook to accompli. Haha lets hope,not!
    If they do it right, one can hope it won't take more time than the time that's left for Windows phone platform
  • Will if arrive for WP??
  • It's not just for outlook on other platforms. It's also a way to bring in Gmail. Google doesn't want to release a Gmail app for WP, so let's buy one... for 200M $
  • WP owners stop looking now, you will get NONE of the benefits of this app; for chrissakes you don't even have PIN lock like Android users do!
  • As long as it doesn't come to windows phone as separate email client but rebranded outlook and as the default email handler I am happy.
  • I do hope this is baked in and supported better. As with office and other apps, android and IOS get a far better deal. I hope this offers a properly similar experience...
  • Microsoft is decoupling there apps from the OS. This will allow Microsoft to update the apps more often. Remember, with any apps built into the OS is a change to the OS and the carriers control if, when and how OS changes are pushed to phones. Google has decoupled most if not all of there apps from Android. I am always getting updates to Google Apps on my phone. Even without Lollipop, all the Google Apps have the look and fell and some of the features of Lollipop. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I'd like to see it baked in, and I certainly wasn't a beefed up feature set. This can only be good for WP, and definitely if wp wants to compete in the Enterprise space. WP is leaving on many many fronts but key line acquisitions like this will surely bolster wp's anemic foundations. Good job msft - can't wait for windows 10!!!!
  • I only use Apps and eco systems that are cross compatible - so whats wrong with Outlook? It's available on just about every operating system (desktop/mobile) and works reasonably well, integrates well with Outlook desktop.
  • Cool I guess. I really like native email client on WP. But some people need "apps" I guess.
  • Well, I celebrate Microsoft acquisition, but I´m worried about the future of Microsoft products and its loyal users. Lately it seems Microsoft is working for the competition. Maybe working this way is more profitable for the Company, but what about the perception of thousands of users and developers of their apps and products? I have heard comments about how dissapointing this means for several people dealing with the issue. Recently I read a complaint from an executive at Huawei and today I realized there is no Amazon App Store or Kindle App for Windows Phone. That´s a shame, frustrating, and this is starting to happen to other popular Apps as well. What is left for Us, loyal and enthusiastic users? I agree Microsoft efforts to make its Apps available for other Platforms, but as I see Microsoft is crossing the line. For example Cortana has to be an inner service, just available for Windows users. So I wonder: is Microsoft afraid of losing the battle, is it giving up?
  • I dont know if they necessarily need to be completely merged or one replacing the other. outlook is good on the desktop and the could just do a convergent look and feel between them, but sometimes the thin-client(app) is all I need and for many people "ALL" they need desktop or otherwise.  
  • Does it matter if my Verizon 928 is stuck in WP 8.0 purgatory?
  • How is Outlook on Windows Phone?  I use the app on my Android and it works well.  Is there an official Outlook client on Windows Phone?