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January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

New Outlook apps arrive for Android, iOS devices

Microsoft is bringing new versions of its Outlook email service to Google- and Apple-powered mobile devices, the latest effort to get the company’s products in front of people who aren’t using Windows.

The free Outlook apps will be available for download on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating system starting on Thursday, the company said.

The apps are based on code written by the team at Acompli, the maker of well regarded email programs that Microsoft purchased in December. Acompli was among the companies working to unclutter the deluge of email that modern life brings with next-generation email and organization software.

“Today the average business user sends and receives 121 emails per day, but more email doesn’t mean more productivity,” Javier Soltero, a manager with Microsoft’s Outlook group and the former chief executive of Acompli, said in a blog post. “We need to be able to send better, more useful email, more easily.” 


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December 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Microsoft buys email app maker Acompli

Microsoft, it shouldn’t be a surprise, has acquired mobile email app maker Acompli.

The company accidentally teased the deal last week, publishing a blank shell of a blog post evidently meant to announce the purchase.

Acompli’s app, available on iOS and Android, is designed to help people navigate and prioritize email, keep track of files sent as attachments and better organize calendar functions. The app is one of a set of new tools giants such as Google and startups are rolling out to help people clean up an at times overwhelming email load.


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June 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Outlook coming to Windows RT as part of Windows 8.1 update

Outlook is coming to Windows RT devices as part of the Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft executives announced today at Computex, the computer trade show taking place this week in Taipei. Windows RT is the variant of Windows 8 that’s designed for devices using power-sipping ARM processors. Windows RT tablets so far have come with a…


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March 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Data center temperature spike caused Outlook and Hotmail outage, Microsoft says

Microsoft said a temperature spike in one of its data centers was the cause of  an outage earlier this week that affected some people’s ability to access, and SkyDrive. The outage, which ran from mid-day Tuesday until early Wednesday, occurred after Microsoft started one of its regular firmware updates, wrote Arthur de Haan, a…


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