Written by Javier Soltero, corporate vice president for the Office team and can be found HERE
Two years ago, Microsoft launched Outlook mobile with the goal of helping you accomplish more while on the go. More means an inbox that helps you focus on the emails that matter most. More means a calendar that can manage your entire day, not just show you your schedule. And today, we are excited to continue that mission by bringing apps to your inbox with add-ins for Outlook on iOS.
We’re thrilled to collaborate with Evernote, GIPHY, Nimble, Trello and Smartsheet and bring their add-ins to Outlook on iOS. We’re also making a few of our own add-ins available today with Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Translator, with many more to follow.
With these add-ins, Outlook will help you accomplish awesome things you simply couldn’t do before from email. There has never been a better time to make your move to Outlook, called “the best mobile email app, no matter what phone you’re using” by WIRED.
Transform your inbox into a do-box with add-ins for Outlook
Today, we use email to communicate and to triage and prioritize information. Completing tasks often requires us to leave our inbox and access other apps and services. Add-ins for Outlook help you transform your inbox into a “do-box” and accomplish tasks quickly—right from your email.
For example, imagine you are at the airport and receive an email from a new customer contact from Italy. With add-ins for Outlook, you can translate the email from Italian to your preferred language, review and update the customer’s CRM history and update your notes or project board—without leaving Outlook.
Add-ins can help you get more done on the go, and save you valuable time spent switching between apps. This is why we introduced add-ins for Outlook on Windows, Mac (in Insiders) and on the web—and are now bringing them to iOS. Support for Android is coming soon.
Getting started with add-ins for Outlook on iOS
The add-ins launching today bring the power of CRM, social intelligence, project management and more—right to your inbox. Starting today, add-ins for Dynamics 365, Nimble, Evernote, Smartsheet and GIPHY are available for Outlook on iOS, complementing their existing add-ins already available to Outlook users on Windows, Mac (in Insiders) and on the web. Additionally, we are launching new add-ins for Trello and Microsoft Translator across Outlook on iOS, Windows, Mac (in Insiders) and on the web today.
Add-ins for Outlook on iOS are available today to Office 365 customers and are rolling out gradually to Outlook.com users. We will soon be bringing them to Outlook on Android.
To start using add-ins for Outlook on iOS, go to Settings > Add-ins and then tap the + sign next to the add-ins you want to enable.
Add-ins available in Outlook on iOS.
When you go back to your inbox and open an email to read, you will see the add-in icon in the email header. Tapping this icon will let you launch the add-ins you enabled.
(Left) Add-in icon displayed in email header. (Right) List of enabled add-ins.
Once enabled, you can access add-ins from Outlook on iOS as well as from Outlook 2016 or 2013 for Windows, Outlook on the web and Outlook 2016 for Mac (currently in Insiders) for the same email account.
Add-ins for Outlook on iOS are currently only available when reading email. We’ll be adding more add-in actions when composing or replying to an email in the future.
Here is a closer look at the add-ins launching today:
Microsoft Dynamics 365
Microsoft Dynamics 365 brings together business applications with the best of Microsoft—in productivity, collaboration, intelligence and platform—to give businesses the right set of tools to grow, evolve and transform.
The Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook delivers real-time insights about your business contacts and their organization, right in your inbox, so you can focus on the selling and have more meaningful interactions. With the Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook, you can quickly look up the Dynamics 365 record of your customer contacts, associate an email or appointment with an existing opportunity or create new records with just a few taps—right inside email—without having to copy/paste and switch back and forth between your email and Dynamics 365.
Quickly look up records and track emails with the new Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook.
Starting today, the Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook is available for Outlook on iOS users with a Dynamics 365 subscription. For detailed steps on how to install the Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook, please refer to the deployment guidance.
Nimble is a social CRM application that provides business intelligence about your email contacts and their organizations—right in email. With the Nimble add-in for Outlook, you can get insights on any contact included in Outlook, including broad social profiles, industry, shared relationships, mutual interests, company profile, revenue and more, to help you get prepared for meetings and engage effectively.
Get real-time insights about your contacts with the Nimble add-in for Outlook.
Trello is a collaborative tool that enables you to organize and prioritize your projects. With the Trello add-in for Outlook, you can turn your email into actionable items, keep track of your projects and make sure important emails never fall through the cracks.
Once enabled, simply click the Add card to Trello action to associate any incoming email with an existing board. You can create cards and edit associated descriptions and due dates directly from Outlook.
Stay on top of your projects by quickly associating any email with a Trello board.
Evernote helps you capture what’s on your mind and stay organized. With the new Evernote add-in for Outlook, you can clip emails from Outlook to a project notebook in Evernote, where they will appear alongside other project-related assets such as meeting notes, saved web pages or Office documents.
Stay organized by saving emails directly to your notebook via the Evernote add-in for Outlook.
Microsoft Translator provides you with a simple and effective way to translate and read messages in your chosen language. With the Translator add-in for Outlook, you can now translate email messages on the fly, with support for 60 languages powered by Microsoft Translator.
Quickly translate any email from 60 languages with the Translator add-in for Outlook.
Smartsheet is a collaborative solution to help you manage and automate work. With Smartsheet’s add-in for Outlook, users can get work assigned, updated and completed more quickly, without ever having to leave their email. Once the add-in is enabled, you can create new tasks and add relevant information, including attachments from email into Smartsheet, and stay on top of your work.
Manage your work by assigning, updating and creating tasks in Smartsheet—right from Outlook.
GIPHY is the world’s first and largest GIF search engine, where thousands of artists, brands and pop culture moments make today’s expression, entertainment and info a little more moving. With the new GIPHY add-in for Outlook, you can now use GIFs to congratulate a friend or co-worker, wish them a happy birthday or simply add a touch of your personality, without leaving your inbox. Once enabled, simply click the GIPHY icon while replying to an email and then search for the GIF you are looking for, such as “congratulations” or “well done.” The selected GIF will be included in your reply.
Make your replies fun and expressive by adding GIFs with the new GIPHY add-in for Outlook.
Developers—make your apps a part of Outlook mobile
We’re committed to making Outlook an open platform for developers, so you can bring apps and services people love, right in email. Interested in building for Outlook? Check out our developer blog, “Add-ins are now available for Outlook on iOS.”
We want to hear from you!
Add-ins for Outlook help you stay productive on the go and accomplish tasks faster. If you have feedback or suggestions on adding your favorite app in Outlook, visit the add-ins section of Outlook for iOS uservoice and sign in with your Microsoft account to leave your comments—we’re eager to hear from you!