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Microsoft Outlook debuts as free download for iPhone, iPad

Microsoft on Thursday released its long-awaited Outlook client for iOS, giving both iPhone and iPad owners the ability to access a unified view of email calendar, contacts, and attachments.

The new Microsoft Outlook for iOS is a free 22.5-megabyte download on the App Store. It works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365,, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.

Outlook for iOS automatically surfaces users' most important messages across all their email accounts. Users can swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages they want to handle later.

The software also offers an easy view of calendar, and gives users the ability to share available times and schedule meetings. Files can also be attached from email, OneDrive, or Dropbox.

The full list of features in Outlook for iOS, according to Microsoft, are:

  • Manage your inbox

    • Outlook automatically triages your inbox for you, surfacing your most important email. Less relevant email is placed in your "Other" inbox.
    • Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages.
    • Schedule emails and they will return to your inbox at a later time.

  • Your calendar built-in

    • Switching between your email and calendar apps is a thing of the past. Outlook includes your calendar and notifies you with appointment reminders.
    • Find available meeting times and share them in email or schedule a meeting.

  • Attachments made easy

    • View and attach any file from your email, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other accounts with just a few taps.
    • Send large files even if you haven't downloaded them to your phone.

  • Find anything fast

    • Filter your inbox to only show messages that are unread, flagged, or have attachments, with a single tap.
    • Quickly find the right messages, people and files by typing just a few letters.
    • Outlook shows people you communicate with most often, and lets you conveniently drill down to see all related emails, meetings and files.

Outlook for iPhone and iPad requires iOS 8.0 and above. The app replaces Outlook Web Access for iPhone and iPad.