Microsoft’s bringing a range of add-ins to Outlook mobile apps for iOS and support to Android ‘coming soon’, announced as part of celebrating 2nd-year anniversary of Outlook mobile.
The feature previously only available on Windows and macOS, with the Mac version still being in Insider Preview—will help customers get more done on the go, accomplish tasks faster and even translate emails.
It will eventually roll out to Windows mobile and will gradually available to Outlook.com users as well, but, the company don’t have any specifics on timeline to share at this time.
The add-ons are available now to Office 365 customers, will soon be available for Outlook on Android and will be rolled out gradually to Outlook.com users.
The new add-ons for Dynamics 365, Microsoft Translator, GIPHY, Evernote and many other tools—bring the power of social intelligence, project management and more right to the inbox.
Additionally, a few Microsoft’s add-ins are also available today with Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Translator, with many more to follow. “With these add-ins, Outlook will help you accomplish awesome things you simply couldn’t do before from email,” writes Javier Soltero.
For now, these add-ins for Outlook on iOS are accessiable only when reading email. But, Microsoft says more actions for the add-ons like when composing or replying to an email will be adding later in the future.
To start using add-ins in Outlook on iOS, go to Settings -> Add-ins, and tap the + sign next to the add-ins to enable those you want. Once add-ins enabled, “you can access add-ins from Outlook on iOS as well as from Outlook 2016 or 2013 for Windows, Outlook on the web and Outlook 2016 for Mac Insiders for the same email account.”
To launch an add-in, after you enabled, go back to your inbox and open an email to read, you’ill see the icon add-in icon in the email header. Tapping this icon will launch the add-ins enabled.
These add-ins will transform your inbox into a “do-box” and accomplish tasks quickly—right from your email and save you valuable time spent switching between apps. For example, “you can translate an email from Italian to your preferred language, review and update customer’s CRM history and update notes or project board—without leaving Outlook,” says Office team.
(Left) Add-in icon displayed in email header. (Right) List of enabled add-ins.
Here is a look at the add-ins launching today for Outlook:
Dynamics 365 add-in delivers real-time insights right in the inbox, enabling you to have more meaningful interactions with your business contacts and their organization. Using this add-in, you can quickly look up your Dynamics 365 customer contacts, associate an email or appointment with an existing opportunity or create new records with just a few taps—right inside email—without having to copy/paste and switch back and forth between your email and Dynamics 365.
Nimble add-in can get you insights on any contact included in Outlook, including broad social profiles, industry, shared relationships, mutual interests, company profile, revenue and more.
Trello add-in can turn an email into actionable items. Once enabled, simply click Add card to Trello action to associate any incoming email with an existing board. You can create cards and edit associated descriptions and due dates directly from Outlook.
With Evernote add-in you can clip emails from Outlook to a project notebook in Evernote, where they will appear alongside other project-related assets such as meeting notes, saved web pages or Office documents.
Microsoft Translator add-in let you translate email messages on the fly, with support for 60 languages powered by Microsoft Translator.
With Smartsheet’s add-in users can get work assigned, updated and completed more quickly, without ever having to leave their email. Once enabled, you can create new tasks and add relevant information, including attachments from email into Smartsheet, and stay on top of your work.
GIPHY add-in let you use GIFs, simply click GIPHY icon while replying to an email and then search for your GIF, such as “congratulations” or “well done.” The selected GIF will be included in your reply.
Finally, developers interested in bringing their apps and services available for Outlook on iOS, should visit HERE.
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