Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is Microsoft Outlook, the official Microsoft Outlook app for the iPad and iPhone. Microsoft finally brought Office to the iPad early last year, but this new release this week is the first time an official Outlook app is available in the App Store.
And it’s quite a good 1.0 version too. One thing that puts is ahead of many rival apps right away (apart from just being the official app) is that it offers not just mail, but also calendar and contacts. Here’s a slice of its App Store intro:
Outlook is a free email app that helps you get more done from anywhere with one unified view of your email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. Outlook automatically surfaces your most important messages – across all your email accounts. Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages you want to handle later. Easily view your calendar, share available times, and schedule meetings. And attach files from your email, OneDrive, or Dropbox with just a few taps.
Outlook works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.
The app looks great on the iPad, especially in portrait mode. It doesn’t have the horrible, big colored blocks with the sender’s initials in the Inbox, as it does on the Android version also released this week. That in itself is a fantastic design feature in my book.
One very slick swiping feature Outlook brings is swiping right and left in the Inbox to move to the next or previous individual email. This changes the preview on the right-hand side of the screen while also moving the highlight on that mail’s item in the list on the fixed left sidebar. Very slick.
The Calendar portion of the app is well done too and has a decent initial set of features.
The People section shows people you’ve recently emailed in each individual account you’ve added to it, and gives one-tap access to a new email to any of those contacts.
Attachment previews within the app are very good, and it’s nice to see support for both Box and Dropbox accounts.
Here’s an App Store link for Microsoft Outlook; it’s a free app and a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re interested in more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section!