You Can Now Edit Contacts in Outlook for Android and iOS

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, Office, Office 365 with 29 Comments

You Can Now Edit Contacts in Outlook for Android and iOS

This past week, Microsoft finally added its biggest feature request to Outlook for Android and iOS: The ability to edit contacts.

I know. Right?

“You now have the ability to add and edit contacts right from Outlook on iOS and Android,” a post to the Office Blogs notes. “We’ve also completely redesigned the contact card to show more details—including latest conversations and shared files—and enabled easier calling and messaging with your contacts.”

Microsoft announced that it would add this capability over two months ago. But at the time, the ETA was a vague “coming soon.” But on August 7, Microsoft quietly updated its June announcement to note that it was available. Which I, um, didn’t see somehow. Thankfully, Mary Jo Foley called it out today on Twitter.

A couple of notes.

First, contact editing works only for Outlook.com and Office 365 accounts right now. Support for Google accounts is coming soon, Microsoft says.

Second, “edit” refers to both editing an existing contact and creating a new contact. I assume you can also delete contacts too. OK, I guess I shouldn’t assume that. I will test this app again soon.

Related to this change, Microsoft has also updated the contact card that displays in Office for Android and iOS. It’s easy to access: Just tap any name in your messages. And key details are front and center in a nice layout, with lists of recent conversations, shared attachments and any upcoming meetings you have with that person.

Overdue? Obviously. But most welcome.

 

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