The Apple Watch support extends Microsoft’s multi-platform (“mobile first, cloud first“) strategy that’s become the dominant theme under CEO Satya Nadella’s tenure.
If there’s one thing you’d least expect on an Apple Watch – a good bundle of Microsoft apps.
And for those of you who use the Outlook app but don’t have an Apple Watch, Microsoft promised “plenty of cool new features coming your way very soon”.
Microsoft jumped further into the smartwatch app market Thursday, launching a trio of applications that put its services on users’ wrists.
By default, Outlook notifications on the Apple Watch now show a lot more of the email body instead of cutting it short after a couple of sentences.
Tapping into Outlook’s built-in calendar, the Outlook app for Apple Watch also includes a run-down of everything that’s on a user’s calendar for the day.
There are three main new features that Microsoft has baked into Outlook specifically for Apple Watch users. OneDrive now lets you customize your watch face with photos from your online storage, and they change every time you turn on the screen.
You can also manage your inbox from Outlook on Apple Watch, including deleting, flagging, archiving, marking read/unread, and scheduling items for later, which are accessible from within a message or Force Touch.
Focused Inbox Watch notifications let you read full emails from your Apple Watch and reply with pre-written responses, emojis or voice dictation. You can archive a message or schedule something for later with just a few simple gestures.
Microsoft has been pretty aggressive lately with its softwares and services that are increasingly being opened up for rival platforms, the company today updated its Outlook app for iOS which now features support for the Apple Watch.