Microsoft Outlook is on all major mobile platforms, but what about the wrist? After what seemed like forever, Outlook can now be downloaded and used on Android Wear right now.
The Outlook app for Android Wear devices won’t be as powerful as the versions for smartphones, but it doesn’t need to be. It will, however, be quite useful due to the ability to use voice dictation to compose a quick reply to your boss or significant other who decides to send an email rather than a text message.
Outside of voice dictation, Outlook for Android Wear will feature Skype call scheduling along with Sunrise, Facebook, Evernote, and Wunderlist integration. The app also gives users more access to security controls, a worthy good addition from our point of view.
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“This week, we’re bringing the best of Outlook to Android Wear. Stop reaching out for your phone, everything is now happening on your watch. Check your Outlook notifications, read your new emails and reply with pre-set messages or voice dictation right from your wrist. It’s never been that easy to manage your inbox,” according to Microsoft from a report from Android Central.
This new update is important for those Microsoft app users who own an Android Wear smartwatch. The ability to check mail and reply directly to an email via voice dictation is a huge boon. This feature has been around for quite some time for Gmail, so it is great to see Microsoft stepping up its game.
Now, if only users of the Microsoft Band 2 could do the same. Yes, the Band 2 is not a smartwatch, but it is one of the few fitness trackers that have come close to being a smartwatch. The features are there, so we see no reason for Microsoft to not treat it as such.