Microsoft’s strategy to gather users to its cloud based services continued to grow this week as it improved its offering in the wearable space.
The latest update to Microsoft Outlook on iOS increases the functionality and flexibility of the email application’s Apple Watch interface. Users of Cupertino’s digital timepiece will find it easier to see their emails on their wrist, and can reply to messages by tapping on the notification icon. This opens a dedicated Outlook app for Apple Watch and allows you to use a pre-formatted reply or dictate a new message.
The all-new Outlook for Apple Watch is an extension of the Outlook you know and love—helping you keep up to speed with your emails, your calendar and your life. You’ll never miss what’s important with Focused Inbox Watch notifications. And browse and read full emails right from your wrist—even take action immediately by archiving, deleting, flagging or scheduling them to appear later. We’ve also added Quick Replies, with pre-written responses and voice dictation for a more personal touch. Finally, you can see unread emails and your next calendar appointment on the Glance screen.
Microsoft has spent time ensuring that its products are supported on Apple Watch, with PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype all featuring in the first wave of apps for the wearable. These have been joined in recent weeks with apps for Outlook (as noted above), Yammer, Sunrise, and Wunderlist.
Android Wear users should not feel left out as Microsoft has been working to provide applications for Google’s wearable OS, including OneDrive watch faces, dictating notes through OneNote, and Microsoft Translator all showing up for your wrist.