Microsoft announced today that is opening up its Outlook app on Android and iOS to support third-party tasks, events and notes in Calendar. So Outlook calendar on these popular mobile platforms will soon work with Wunderlist, Facebook and Evernote.
“Today we are launching Calendar Apps for Outlook on iOS and Android,” the Outlook Team notes in a new post to the Office Blogs. “With Calendar Apps, you can connect your apps—Wunderlist, Facebook and Evernote to start with—to see all your tasks, events and notes from your digital life in one place: your Outlook calendar. By connecting your calendar with a wide range of services, Outlook will be able to provide you with a far better view of your day, week and months ahead.”
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As Microsoft notes, this capability is one of the first major functional changes to come to Outlook from Sunrise, the mobile calendar app (also for Android and iOS) that Microsoft purchased last year. At the time of that acquisition, Microsoft promised to move Sunrise functionality into its core Outlook app.
Here’s how it works: Outlook for Android and iOS already supports email and storage (OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive) accounts, and calendars from Outlook.com, Office 365, Gmail, iCloud and other sources. Going forward, it will also support Calendar Apps, where you connect existing apps you already use to Outlook, so you can see your all of your tasks, events and notes in one place. This, Microsoft says, will provide you with a far better view of your day, week and months ahead.
I’m not seeing this functionality in Outlook for iOS, so I assume it will pop up later in the day. But here’s a quick rundown of how the three new Calendar Apps will work.
Wunderlist. This Microsoft-owned tasks/to-do solution now provides a Calendar App that pushes your most-pressing to-dos into your Outlook calendar. (Also, there is now aWunderlist add-in for the new Outlook.com, Outlook 2013/2016 and Outlook on the web for Office 365.)
Facebook. Now, you can view any Facebook event and Facebook friend’s birthdays right in your Outlook calendar. You can even RSVP to and view Facebook event details and location.
Evernote. This one is interesting, and not just because there’s no OneNote Calendar app (yet; see below). It lets you set a reminder in an Evernote-based note that will appear on your calendar. “Whether preparing notes for a big meeting or tracking your grocery list, having those notes available on your calendar when you need them makes your whole day easier,” Microsoft explains. (And as with Wunderlist, there’s an Evernote add-in for the new Outlook.com, Outlook 2013/2016, and Outlook on the web.)
Microsoft says additional Calendar Apps and integrations are coming to Outlook for Android and iOS soon, including, yes, Skype for Business and OneNote.