Microsoft makes the Outlook Web App Preview available to more Users and adds partner Add-Ins
The Outlook.com Preview does exist for a while already, however it was not really accessible for a lot of people since it was very limited. The new Outlook Web App will on the one hand receive a new design which makes it easier and more logical to get things done what you have to do. It will also be available more broadly now, according to the Office Team the Preview will be available to more and more users from time to time: “We’re broadening the rollout of the Outlook.com preview, in stages, over the next several weeks. We are bringing new users into the preview gradually so we can respond to feedback in a timely way as we improve the product leading into general availability.“
Therefor the Preview does included a refined inbox probably to make it more look like the Windows 10 Mail App. Secondly there will be some new and more intuitive ways to collaborate with other. Earlier the Facebook chat has been integrated in the Outlook Web App, however this has been removed, now the only connected service to communicate would well via email on the hand obviously and via Skype on the other hand. Third it will bring an ‘upgraded calendar’ maybe also to approach to the Windows 10 Calendar app, however there will also be Add-Ins support which brings us directly to the next point which the Office Team has announced today at the Office Blog.
Partner Add-Ins for an even greater experience with Outlook.com
Apart from the Outlook.com Web App which is now available more broadly with a redesign and a few new features, starting today Microsoft is also rolling out the first partner Add-Ins. These Add-Ins are third party applications which can integrate a service more deeply in the Outlook app. This allows you to do more things directly from the inbox without switching to the web browser or an external application. Uber, PayPal, Evernote and Boomerang are the services which do currently have existing Add-Ins but IFTT, Yelp and Wunderlist are three more services which are planned to come in upcoming weeks and months.
Below you can have a look at what these currently existing Outlook Add-Ins are capable off. For more details you can also have a look at the Office Blog Post.
Uber — Need a ride to your meeting or event? No problem, set up an Uber ride reminder for any calendar event with a single tap. Prior to the time of your ride, you get an Uber reminder on your phone with the destination already set. Simply swipe the notification, confirm your Uber ride, and your car will be on its way! Starting today, the Uber add-in is available in Outlook 2013 and Outlook on the web for users with Office 365 and Exchange 2013 mailboxes. It’s coming to users of the new Outlook.com within the next month.
PayPal — Need to pay your portion of the dinner tab or send money to your loved ones on their birthdays? You can do this directly from your inbox using the PayPal add-in for Outlook. Starting today, the PayPal add-in is available in Outlook 2013 and Outlook on the web for users with Office 365 and Exchange 2013 mailboxes. It’s coming to users of the new Outlook.com within the next month.
Evernote — Sharing your work with colleagues is simple with the Evernote Outlook add-in. Start an email, use the add-in view to find the note you want, and click to send it on its way. You can also clip emails from Outlook to Evernote, save them into a designated notebook, and add tags for an extra level of organization. Working effectively in and out of your inbox has never been easier. Starting today, the Evernote add-in is available in Outlook 2013 and Outlook on the web for users with Office 365 mailboxes. It also works with Exchange 2013 mailboxes but requires your Exchange IT admin to install the add-in. It’s coming to users of the new Outlook.com within the next month.
Boomerang — Schedule emails to send at the perfect time, get a reminder if your email doesn’t receive a response, and add a smart calendar assistant that lets you schedule meetings and share your real-time availability—all without leaving your email. Starting today, the Boomerang add-in is available in Outlook 2013 and Outlook on the web for users with Office 365 mailboxes. It’s coming to users of the new Outlook.com within the next month.
IFTTT (coming soon to Outlook.com) — Want to add the weather report to your calendar at 6 a.m. every day? Or automatically send a notification to your phone when you receive a high importance mail? You will soon be able to use IFTTT to automate tasks and take action on your email in Outlook.com. It works anywhere, anytime, on any device. IFTTT is already available in Office 365. We are now excited to announce it’s coming soon to Outlook.com as well.
Yelp (coming soon) — Need to find some cool restaurants for a dinner get-together with your friends? Stop the back and forth in email! Use the Yelp add-in in Outlook to find and suggest restaurants or coffee shops of your choice. The add-in will provide Yelp pictures, reviews, restaurant address and phone number and will insert these details directly into the body of your message or meeting invite.
Wunderlist (coming soon)—You will be able to create to-dos within Wunderlist right from your email using the Wunderlist add-in in Outlook.com.
About four month ago Microsoft has announced the support of such partner Add-Ins and finally they are here, at least for some users. For some users means it is currently restricted and it can not be used by everyone, Outlook 2013, Office 365 and Exchange 2013 users out there be happy because you will be able to use these Add-Ins. Those of you who are using the Outlook Web App – Outlook.com – will have to wait a few more months until Microsoft will make these Add-Ins available to everyone.
Beside the coming support for the web app there will probably also come more such service which then are providing these Add-Ins.
Feel free to drop me a comment below with your opinion on thos Partner Add-Ins fr Outlook and the new Outlook Web App Preview. Stay tuned for more information on upcomming Office Software and new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Builds.
Source: Office Blog