Outlook for iOS has been out awhile, but this is my first look.
Since I made the switch from Microsoft products to “other” products in 2008 or so, I haven’t looked back…. Until now.
My wife started a new job and received a Microsoft Surface (Not sure exactly what model) as her work machine. It came with Windows 8.1 which I wasn’t really impressed with. When windows 10 came out, I upgraded it for her. What a world of difference! I have to say, windows just became usable again. I have one older laptop that I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and it works great for what little I use it for. I’m not switching back from Apple for my desktop anytime soon, but I am impressed.
That being said, I notice that Microsoft is now putting out new office apps for iOS and Mac. I decided I would try Outlook for iOS for email.
I use gmail for my main email and my work email. I also have an icloud email account. I figured I would give it a full test and put all 3 in it. It was really easy, no server addresses, no SSL selections, it just worked (when is the last time you said that about a Microsoft Product?).
Outlook for IOS organizes things a lot like Gmail does. In threads. You can turn that off if you want. It also handles “priority inbox” in Gmail in what is called “Focused Inbox”. All in all, it’s a great email app and I’m 90% sure I’m going to dump Gmail for IOS as my go-to mobile email app.
Outlook also picked up my calendars from both iCloud and Google. The good thing is it didn’t make dupes like some calendar apps do. I’m thinking if Microsoft keeps making good stuff like this, they may convert some of the die-hard Apple Fanboys.
To check out Outlook for IOS, see it in the Apple App Store
This week was the monthly Patch Tuesday, a time when Microsoft sees fit to push out updates to various software, most notably Windows and Office. Its a tense time, thanks to past problems that have resulted in unbootable computers for some customers. This month did not cause anything quite so drastic, but it also did not pass without notice.
The company pushed a patch for Outlook 2013, but quickly had to pull that particular update from the set due to reports of customers having issues with KB2817630, which was a non-security update.
The problem arose from a version incompatibility between outlook.exe and mso.dll, a mismatched reference to a data structure causes the “minimize” button in the navigation pane to render incorrectly, typically by appearing extremely large to the point that the navigation pane is “invisible” to the user. The issue only appears when incompatible versions of outlook.exe and mso.dll exist on the system.
Not all versions of the latest Outlook for Office were affected:
- Office 2013 Standard
- Office 2013 Professional Plus
- Office 2013 Home & Student
- Office 2013 Home & Business
- Office 2013 Professional
- Office 365 Home Premium
- Office 365 Professional Plus
- Office 365 University
- Office 365 Small Business Premium
- Office 365 ProPlus
- Office 365 Enterprise
Microsoft promises that it is “working on re-publishing the September Public Update with the correct versions of both mso.dll and outlook.exe to ensure users with automatic updates enabled will receive the correct fix. We will update this blog with further information as our schedule develops”.