Skype and Outlook updates for Android and iOS

The Outlook and Skype teams are working together to build integrated experiences that make it easier to communicate and manage your calendar from your mobile device. The new updates to Outlook for iOS and Android make it easy to schedule and begin a group chat and call with your friends and colleagues using Skype. They also updated Outlook with new calendaring features, improved our navigation for Android and delivered on some of your top feature requests.


Skype and Outlook: the best way to schedule and join a call

When creating a new event on your calendar, Outlook now includes the ability to add a Skype Call. When you tap the Skype Call toggle, Outlook includes a Skype link in the description of the event. When your scheduled meeting time arrives, recipients simply click the link in their calendar to launch Skype and join the conversation.  And with the recent launch of Skype for Web, your friends or family can join the conversation as a guest from their computer and enjoy group instant messaging, voice and video calls. No Skype account or app download required.


New Outlook calendar views and navigation improvements

In addition to the new Skype Call scheduling features, there are updates to the calendar section of Outlook to give you more ability to manage your personal and professional life on the go. Managing your schedule starts with being able to navigate quickly to any day. With the new two-week mini-calendar, your events for the upcoming week are just a tap away. If you need to go farther into the future or past, simply swipe in this section to get a full month view. Outlook also now provides a three-day view, so you can see more of your schedule at a glance. They’ve also added the ability to set your week start preference—whether it is Saturday, Sunday or Monday. There’s a two-week mini-calendar and ability to select week start preferences features are available now for iOS and are coming soon to Android.


Improved Android app navigation

Outlook for Android now sports a new navigation bar to make moving around the app a breeze. This change brings the Mail, Calendar, Files and People sections to the bottom of the app, within easy thumb-reach, decreasing the time it takes to check your calendar or find that important file.


(Thank you to Microsoft for the info!)