Microsoft iOS Apps: How do they compare to Android?

Hello all. My wife and I are making the switch to the iPhone (and Apple Watch) in a couple weeks. For folks who have used Microsoft’s apps (Office 365, OneNote, To-Go, Outlook, OneDrive) – how do they compare on iOS vs Android? How’s the overall experience with a PC and an iPhone?


Conversation 5 comments

  • Patrick3D

    08 April, 2019 - 10:10 am

    <p>I went the opposite direction and used the Outlook and OneDrive app on iOS before switching to Android. The Outlook app works the same on both as far as I can tell. The OneDrive app, in my experience, worked better on iOS than it does on Android. Maybe it's just my cheap Android phone but the OneDrive app never saves the setting to automatically sync photos, whereas I never had that issue with the iOS version. You should have a pleasant experience using the apps on iOS.</p><p>If you are going to sync/backup your iPhone to a Windows 10 PC, install the Microsoft Store version of iTunes, it is slightly less bloated than the downloadable version from the iTunes website.</p>

    • dcdevito

      08 April, 2019 - 9:53 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419057">In reply to Patrick3D:</a></em></blockquote><p>Thanks. So far OneDrive is indeed better. </p>

  • rsfarris

    08 April, 2019 - 11:12 am

    <p>Most Office apps seem to work the same, including OneNote, but I think OneDrive is smoother and more reliable on iOS (though I do miss automatic syncing of photos on iOS–it syncs in the background if you leave the app open). Outlook is different on iOS, but I think they did a major update right about the time I switched from Android, so I'm uncertain about its present state on Android. I've never had much luck with it working correctly on either system, and I preferred the native Samsung email as I prefer the native mail app on iOS now (particularly for the VIP feature so I only get dings from people I want notifications from). To-Do is pretty great on both systems, but I'm missing dark mode and hope it comes soon. The biggest thing missing from the whole system is widgets, if you're into that (I wasn't so I don't miss it). And last, PC and iPhone do NOT sync the same way at all. The Your Phone app is pretty much useless presently. You can, however, download the Continue on PC app or Edge on iOS and send websites to your PC, which is handy. Even with its limitations though, I still prefer iOS and am happier with the switch. 3D touch for shortcuts on the apps are really useful in place of widgets, if you don't forget the feature exists.</p>

  • warren

    08 April, 2019 - 12:23 pm

    <p>I'm about to switch the other way — Galaxy S10e is a better phone than the iPhone XR for less money — and I can verify that Outlook, OneDrive and OneNote are all very good on iOS. </p>

    • dcdevito

      08 April, 2019 - 9:53 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#419092">In reply to warren:</a></em></blockquote><p>Thanks. </p>

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