Microsoft Improves Office Document Integration in Outlook for iOS

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in iOS with 0 Comments

Microsoft Improves Office Document Integration in Outlook for iOS

A newly-released version of Outlook for iOS makes it easier to collaborate and share documents created Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone and iPad.

“Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents capture the bulk of the knowledge and experiences that information workers produce—strategy documents, sales presentations, contracts, market analyses, etc.—in many organizations,” the Office team explains in a new post to the Office Blogs. “In our personal lives, these documents contain to-do lists, travel itineraries, monthly budgets and more. This information is then frequently shared with others in email using Outlook.”

To this end, Outlook for iOS has been updated with the following closely-related new features:

Open attachments right from Outlook. Now, when you tap on an Office document attachment in Outlook, the file will open directly in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

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Collaborate with attachments in email. Now, when you open an Office document from Outlook and finish making your changes, you can tap on the Back button to close the document and return to Outlook. And the now-updated file is added an attachment in your reply.

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Send attachments with Outlook. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPhone and iPad now include a “Send with Outlook” option in the Share menu. This button will display Outlook’s Compose New Email pane with the document attached and ready to share.

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Microsoft notes that similar functionality is coming to Outlook for Android in “the next couple of months.” Additionally, OneDrive for Business support is coming to Outlook for iOS “later this year”; the app already connects with OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive and Box. (Remember that Outlook for iOS and Android was previously a third-party app called Accompli.)

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