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October 20, 2020
Outlook for Android and iOS Gaining Improved Voice Controls

Microsoft is Improving Voice Controls for Outlook on Android and iOS

Microsoft will soon roll out an improved version of Outlook with better voice controls for Android and iOS platforms…

Microsoft is about to make Outlook even more useful by expanding on its voice controls. Soon, users will be able to dictate short emails, initiate a phone call from a contact via the app, and speak searches. Plus, there will be suggested replies when the Microsoft software detects a request for a meeting. (In the latter case, Outlook will show options to send others available times or to schedule a meeting, which will create a new calendar event.

Outlook for Android and iOS Gaining Improved Voice Controls

Microsoft is also improving other features that currently exist only on desktop, in order to bring them over to Android and iOS. These include such functions as workspace booking, text prediction, along with weather data in the calendar and the ability to add emoji reactions to email. Eugenie Burrage of Microsoft 365 writes in the company’s tech community blog, the following: 

“…we are announcing an additional tool to help mitigate the challenge of downloading Outlook and adding work or school accounts. We plan to roll out a simplified experience that uses the authentication users have when logged into Outlook for Windows and on the web to lower the barriers to getting started with Outlook mobile.”

William Boleys

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