Remember Outlook? That obscure Microsoft email client that no one really uses as much as they should? Now Microsoft has made it a lot more appealing for users, old and new, by adding a few new convenient and neat features to make the UX a lot more user-friendly.
Microsoft is adding integration of GDrive and Facebook to the Outlook web service. These features have already been available on the app versions and now the web version also is updated. Thanks to the GDrive update, users will be able to open attachments within the app. Once the user presses the attachment icon, it takes the user to the Google log-in.
For Facebook, Outlook makes it easier to share Facebook photos from the user’s account. Outlook does this by letting the user browser access their Facebook photos and pick whichever ones they want to be sent as an attachment. Ideally, this would be useful for sending photos of a party to friends who aren’t on Facebook but want to see the pictures.
Another good feature that Outlook has implemented in its new update seems to be like sort of a borrowed feature from Inbox, but a much appreciated feature nonetheless – drop down mail. In long mails, it’s often difficult to find the attachments within, so by pressing the subject line of the mail, the drop down shows all the attachments found in the trail, making it much easier to access.
Outlook hasn’t seen much love from the public because of its mostly business-style interface, but Microsoft has been trying to push it towards mainstream audiences to build its audiences. One of the most secure and reliable mailing services, Outlook has features not otherwise found on other run-of-the-mill emailing services like Gmail or Yahoo, such as saving files in different formats like OFTs and other file formats. It’s more robust and technical, which is perhaps why its application makes sense inside the business realm.
With GDrive and Facebook integration, Outlook now has made a good case for itself to get back into the mainstream game. Being one of the pioneers of email since the 20th century, Outlook probably should introduce more updates so people don’t forget about it by the end of the decade.