Uber, Boomerang and PayPal bring add-ins for Outlook.com users

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 30 April 2015
Uber, Boomerang and PayPal bring add-ins for Outlook.com users

Microsoft has made Outlook.com open to third-party developers, allowing them to build add-in tools on top of the platform.

Uber, Boomerang and PayPal are amongst the first partners to bring add-ins to Microsoft’s 400 million active Outlook.com users.

The companies will be leveraging the new unified consumer and commercial Outlook application program interfaces (API) that were announced at the Microsoft Build 2015 event in San Francisco, US.

The Outlook APIs create an open platform for developers, enabling them to build experiences for Outlook.com and Office 365 users that help them simplify tasks and achieve more without having to switch between multiple applications.

Add-ins are easy to build with open standards like HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript for user interfaces, with the option to integrate further using REST APIs and OAuth for secure access to data and services – all delivered to a global audience of Outlook.com and Office 365 customers,” said Pretish Abraham, principal program manager lead on the Outlook team. “And best of all, developers get the benefit of write once, run anywhere technology, meaning their apps will work in Outlook.com, Outlook Web App and Outlook desktop.

Uber is a service that allows users to book taxis, private cars or rideshares from their mobile phone, while Boomerang enables users to schedule their e-mail’s so they are sent at the perfect time, and sends a reminder when an e-mail doesn’t receive a response.

More details of their respective add-ins, as well as PayPal’s and other third party partners are expected soon.

To learn more about add-ins for Outlook and get started, visit dev.outlook.com

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