Outlook for the iPhone and iPad adds advanced settings and more

Microsoft's Outlook email app for iPhone and iPad has received its first update since launching in late January. The new 1.0.2 version adds new options for group emails, advanced settings so you can tinker with system folders, and more.

Here's what's new and improved:

  • Added setting to disable grouping emails by conversation
  • Added advanced account settings to allow users to change their system folders
  • Small improvements to the UI throughout the app
  • Made it easier to add your Box account from the files screen
  • Bug fixes

We really like the new Outlook app a lot and hope Microsoft continues to improve it in the future.

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41 Comments
  • And why does Outlook iOS transmit all my credentials to external servers? Including passwords? And why does my company Exchange server still receive requests from this MS servers, even after having deleted my account with Outlook for iOS?
    I would not recommend Outlook for the moment, if one must use this external routing.
  • Because thats how passwords work.
  • Err, no. Well, yes, but that is because he stated the concern unclearly. The problem is not that Outlook for iOS transmits passwords, it is that Outlook for iOS *stores* your passwords on an external server, and then that external server can and does log in and do things *as you* For some companies (mine included, unfortunately, because otherwise it is a nice app), this is a big security hole.
  • I know that in its old incarnation a lot of these email apps do that so you can sync accounts and for sorting to speed up delivery features which I actually like. So, I guess its just a choice. People need to read the fine print before installing.
  • No, they don't - not into corporate Exchange servers, they don't.
  • I didn't say Exchange I said some of these apps do store account info for syncing. Install it once on your phone and then when you add it on your iPad all of your accounts are there.
  • ...which is not where the security problem lies. What Outlook does differently is pair with servers that separately log into corporate Exchange servers as you, and pass your correspondences and attachments through them. This is a very security problem for companies that consider their data private and proprietary. For everybody else, it's a nice app.
  • No one cares. This article isn't about that. Go bitch about it on some other blog post about it.
  • Correct. Its not about that. Its not bitching, its disclosure, which iMore has failed to do in every one of the Outlook articles. People depend on articles like this to make intelligent decisions. One doesn't take a prescription drug without first knowing the side effects, right?
  • I wasn't even sure what he was talking about so I ignored him. Who was bitching? Gotta love the basement dwellers!
  • Though the sunlight burns my mottled skin, I'll try to come out of the basement long enough to restate so you an understandc, because, believe it or not, I'm trying to save people from getting in trouble at their jobs: 1) If you do *NOT* work for a company that runs its own Exchange servers, you have no problem. Run Outlook, and enjoy. 2) If you do -- especially if you work for a corporation with an explicit data policy, like a bank or a law firm -- check with your IT folks first.
  • For the record - I have managed many Exchange systems. I do understand them. The original question was why would outlook transmit authentication credentials to a third party server. I stated that some of these email programs do that for syncing accounts from one device to another. Accompli did this and as Acompli is now OUTLOOK it still does it until MS removes that functionality. I then stated that people should read the fine print before installing which is I guess what you are implying as well by check with IT first. Thih might work unless the company is a BYOD company and may not have that right. That said - http://www.pcworld.com/article/2881632/eu-parliament-blocks-new-outlook-...
  • Oh for Pete's sake, if you needed that much security, our just don't trust it, then don't use it. Let everyone else who enjoys this app savor in its rich fulfillment. (That was my way of saying life is too short, just don't use the darn thing if you don't like it)
  • What a silly comment....
  • And yours served just as much purpose?
  • First I do apologize, but I'm always annoyed if someone like @pilotcap has a point about security and the immediate reply is then don't use it. The thing is, I can't see the reason why my emails should be downloaded to a 3rd party and then forwarded to me. And the most important thing is, that this is the second article from Team imore about Outlook for iOS and they don't mention it.
  • Then don't use it!!! Lol Sent from the iMore App
  • +1. Whether I intend to use it or not is not the point. I, for one, would appreciate hearing from iMore on this issue. Does this app have security issues? Yes or no? If yes, then please identify them and then I will decide whether to use it or not depending on how serious the issue is. Some people on this site are like blind sheep. Show them shiny things and they just follow. That's fine with me but don't criticize others for wanting to make an educated decision. Come on iMore, give us a proper analysis of this issue.
  • "I always feel like somebody's watching me"
  • This is Outlook is basically Accomplish rebranded which runs AWS , might take a while before Microsoft changes the backend for it to act and work like Outlook .
  • You do know that all email services store credentials, don't you?
  • I have notifications set to on and yet I don't receive a notification whenever I receive an email.
    I have to manually check for emails which is annoying. Is there some setting that I am missing?
  • You should check to make sure notifications are set to on in the system settings as well as in the app settings, perhaps turn on and off to re-authorize it. Also check if background updates are on or off, you should get push notifications either way, though. There is in-app support that you could try, also.
  • Make sure in the app you have them set for all emails not just the focused inbox.
  • Would be better if this app was just a direct interface to Exchange, instead of adding another layer of 'processing' by another set of servers.
  • Still doesn't access my contacts Sent from the iMore App
  • Yea, no ability to add, edit, or navigate contacts (so that you can send an email to them, add them to an email, etc.). A PIM client with a dysfunctional contacts module is borderline worthless.
  • Does not show personal folders set up on my PC. Maybe there is a setting I am missing? Sent from the iMore App
  • And it never will. Personal folders are stored locally on your laptop/pc unless you have the, set up in a shared area such as Dropbox etc.
  • Does not sync personal folders set up on PC? Sent from the iMore App
  • Can't add an outlook email to an Outlook product. Not getting notifications either despite all settings on in app and system. Still a better app but pointless if I can't add my outlook calendar
  • Still needs to offer large text capabilities like native mail app for me to seriously consider it.
  • Loving it. Just got a 6, and wasn't a fan of the stock email, but I like this! Wish they had it as good on Android too. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I was just notified by my company to stop using this with their exchange server. It has all kinds or security problems for corporations. It does not enforce exchange policies (lock screen, remote wipe, etc). Plus it replicates information on a remote server with no detail on its security. It's frustrating because it is such a good idea so unthoroughly executed and I can't use it.
  • Worried at how much I like this app :) Sent from the iMore App
  • If you want to actually know why people, and many corporations, are not comfortable with using this app, see this article. http://searchconsumerization.techtarget.com/news/2240239514/Security-iss...
  • This app is totaling kicking ass for me so far! I am almost a week in and barring something bad happening. Mailbox will be deleted and the stock Mail app will get kicked to the junk folder by the end of the week.
  • Hello,
    Most useless app going.
    Installed it on iPad and notice the following, Unable to sync my full contact list. I added numerous contacts and created distribution lists in outlook.com. These cannot be synced to outlook app. It will only download recently used contacts. Also cannot add or create new contacts in the app.
    Unable to edit existing calendar entries. Can edit entries only created on the app.
    Unable to sync email older than 31january 2015. All in all a worthless piece of software. I will continue to use outlook.com on my browser or use some other app for outlook.com Piece of shit!
    Brendan
  • I've been wrestling with this app for the past three days and reckon it's a load of rubbish. My main gripe is that I can't access my contacts. Where the hell are they? I imported them via a .csv file from iCloud. If I go into the Contacts app on my Windows, they are there. I can also log into my email account via webmail and see them. Why aren't they available to the Outlook app?
    I was even looking to see if I could synchronise my contacts from the iPad mail program to the Outlook app via iTunes on the PC, but couldn't find a way of doing it. Without my contacts, the app is totally useless. Help, please.
  • I had the same issue. My contacts were available in Outlook365 on my PC, they were visible in webmail and they were visible in my iPad contacts list and they were visible in People on my Windows 8.1 PC. Like you, I found that they weren't accessible in the Outlook app on the iPad. Strangely however, the contacts did appear in the predictive text whenever I was creating a new email.
    I contacted MS for help, and after a couple of unsuccessful suggestions, the MS contact closed the ticket off. I then raised a new support ticket, and this time received better support. They suggested I delete the account plus all associated data from the Outlook iOS app, wait at least an hour then re-create the account. That solved the problem.
    HOWEVER it isn't possible to edit a contact or add a new one from within the app. Microsoft acknowledge this and say that they have asked their developers to add these features in a future update.
  • There is a tab at the very bottom called people. It should have all your contacts