Outlook Now Supports iPhone X, Many Microsoft Apps Falling Behind

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in iOS, Mobile with 16 Comments

Microsoft is today rolling out support for the Apple iPhone X on the Outlook app. Apple started shipping the iPhone X on the 3rd of November, and a majority of the apps were updated to support the device’s notch. Although apps like Facebook, Twitter, and some of Microsoft’s own apps were updated on launch day to support the new iPhone X, some popular apps weren’t quick enough to add support for the device.

This includes some of Microsoft’s popular apps like Outlook, Skype, and Xbox, but other apps like Spotify and Feedly are yet to be updated to support the new iPhone X as well. After nearly 2 weeks of testing, Outlook is finally embracing the notch on the iPhone X. The app has been updated to adapt to the iPhone X’s display and the notch, which means you can finally get rid of the huge software bezels around the app. Microsoft is yet to update a lot of its other iOS apps to support the iPhone X though — this includes Skype, Cortana, Bing, Office Lens, SharePoint, Remote Desktop, Groove Music, and more.

As a regular Outlook user, lack of iPhone X support has been quite annoying: the software bezels around unsupported apps on the iPhone X are quite huge, and they effectively make the device look like an old iPhone 6. To Microsoft’s credit, the company has started updating most of its apps to include iPhone X support — apps like Microsoft To-Do, OneDrive, OneNote, and other Office apps already support the iPhone X.

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16 responses to “Outlook Now Supports iPhone X, Many Microsoft Apps Falling Behind”

  1. Stooks

    App not upgraded, I get rid of it.

    Google Maps is not updated yet so I removed it. I had not tried Apple maps in over two years. Guess what....it is way better now and unless it lets me down, Google maps just lost out.

    • Roger Ramjet

      In reply to Stooks:

      Those Apps were never of considerable value to the maker with you then and they were basically wasting the effort; if just because you, early adopter, upgraded to the latest bling phone, and you could not wait 3 weeks for them to catchup with the first world problem, what was the stickiness? Almost nothing. Maybe you are more an Apple guy, I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, it's just that could be your customer profile, and if I were the marketing guy at the other company, you would not be the person I would spend a lot of my energy chasing down. Even after a lot of money and effort was spent to acquire your usage, you would bolt as soon as Apple came out with a new phone, lined up their own Apps to work with it, and other vendors were catching up.

      • Stooks

        In reply to Roger Ramjet:

        If I must have the app for whatever reason and it is not updated then of course I will keep it.

        Example DUO Security, which I use for work, I could not get rid of it. That said the app was updated on day one.

        If Google maps was the only map app then I would have probably kept it. However, so far, Apple maps is working really well, with some features that Google Maps does not have as well.

  2. Chris_Kez

    Just so I'm clear, are these two photos illustrating apps that have/have not been updated iPhone X?

    Also, that app on the bottom left (Xbox?) needs some additional work. The top of the app (which appears to be dark gray) partially overlaps with the status bar.

  3. Chris_Kez

    I was initially thrilled with the size of the iPhone X. Just a little bigger than the iPhone 7 but with a much larger screen! But after playing with it a bit, the screen seems a little too tall. Depending on where you hold it, either the bottom or the top will be too far to comfortably use the swipe gestures or hit touch targets, meaning it is not as easy to use one-handed as you might expect given its overall size. Now I wish they had made the whole thing a little smaller (maybe a 5.2" or even 5.5" screen instead of a 5.8"?).

  4. plettza

    You needn't feel too bad, Mehedi. Microsoft don't even update apps for their own platform so it's not an anti-Apple bias you've witnessed.

  5. Edward Grego

    When will MS add support for drag and drop in IOS Files? Google did that update a long while ago, MS still lagging way behind....

  6. Troughley

    Why would Microsoft update Groove Music when it is being retired as a Streaming Service in 6 weeks? Not sure that is a resource allocation that would make sense.

  7. Norboii

    This is one of the reasons why I'm still using my current iPhone and hold off upgrading until next year to the bezel-less models. I hope that a year from now most of the apps I use have been updated to effectively use the increased screen space.

  8. dontbe evil

    Funny, apple has the secret iphone x out for few days, developers couldn't develop on it, it's the iphone with the lowest market share...let's blame MS because after only few days didn't update all the apps yet, because of stupid iphone x black bar on top