Microsoft Outlook for iOS update brings Office document editing and more

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Microsoft has updated the Outlook app for iOS with a deeper integration with Office documents. The latest update adds the ability to easily open and edit Office documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps, replacing the simple viewers previously used.

Microsoft has also streamlined the steps required to collaborate on files sent as attachments. These updates, combined with Outlook’s Focused Inbox, tight integration with calendar, customizable swipe gestures and predictive search help you get more done, even on the smallest screen.

Editing Office documents sent as attachments is now quick and simple. Tapping on an attachment in Outlook will open the file directly in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, ready for editing in the richest and most powerful authoring apps for iOS. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Office apps, Outlook will load a built-in viewer and provide a link to download the app in the App Store.


Microsoft Outlook for iOS update brings Office document editing and more

With the latest updates, once you’ve opened a file from Outlook and finished making your changes, a single tap on the Back button closes the document and returns you to Outlook, automatically adding the now-updated file as an attachment in your reply.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint now include a “Send with Outlook” option in the “Share” menu. This button will bring up the Outlook “Compose New Email” pane with the document attached and ready to share.

Microsoft says it will bring these features to Android in the next couple of months.

Download Microsoft Outlook for iOS here.

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