Microsoft boosts integration between Outlook and Office apps for iOS

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 21 August 2015
Microsoft boosts integration between Outlook and Office apps for iOS

Microsoft has enhanced integration between Outlook and key Office apps for iPhone and iPad, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The move will help users collaborate on and share Office documents on the go.

Programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint capture a vast amount of knowledge and experiences that are produced by information workers, such as strategy documents, sales presentations and contracts. Many such documents are shared using Outlook.

Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps. Users simply tap on the file in Outlook, which opens in Word, Excel or PowerPoint. The file can then be edited using the powerful authoring apps for iOS.

The enhanced integration also makes it easier to collaborate on attachments and for users to send document edits via e-mail.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint now also includes a ‘Send with Outlook’ option in the Share menu. Clicking this brings up Outlook’s ‘Compose New Email’ pane, with the document already attached and ready to share.

Similar integration is expected for Android in the coming months.

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