Outlook for iOS and Android is getting emoji email reactions, voice commands, and more

New Outlook iOS 14 widget.
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Microsoft is announcing a number of new features that are coming to Outlook mobile soon. These include emoji email reactions, voice commands, and the expansion of Cortana support.

Apple’s iOS 14 update arrived last week, and Microsoft is adding an Outlook calendar widget that will display upcoming meetings from multiple accounts on the home screen. Similar improvements are also coming to the watchOS 7 complications for Outlook, allowing Apple Watch owners to see the number of unread emails or a calendar complication that lists your free and busy status.

Outlook mobile for both iOS and Android is also getting updated with voice commands next month. The voice commands will support email authoring, calling, and scheduling for calendar appointments.

New Outlook complications for watchOS 7.

Microsoft is also expanding its Play My Emails feature in Outlook mobile to support Canada, Australia, India, and the UK soon. Previously exclusive to the US, Play My Emails uses Cortana to read out emails and even calendar invites when you’re driving, commuting, or cooking.

If you’re a fan of emoji reactions on social networks, then get ready for them to arrive in your Outlook mobile inbox, too. Microsoft is adding emoji reactions to Outlook “later this year.” You’ll be able to select from a variety of emoji to quickly respond to emails without having to clog up inboxes with additional messages.

Most of these new Outlook mobile additions are simply marked as coming soon or later this year, so expect to see them arrive over the coming months.


Yea but can I change the font now? I just want my mobile emails to look indistinguishable from the emails I send via my laptop.

Agreed! And I would like to have the same rich text signature from my computer as well.

Yea same, I dont really get the hold up on these things. To me that’s item #1, that no one can tell if you’re responding via a phone or tablet vs a laptop / desktop.

I use to really like the Outlook Android app (significantly easier to manage my mail than with Gmail) but they recently decided to no longer ‘respect’ app links, so emails with links to YouTube, or websites for which I have an app now all launch in a local instance of a cut back browser in the app which is frustrating to say the least (doubly ironic this comes just as Apple allow you to set default apps, Microsoft choses to take the option away from Android users!)

I could sure use that calendar widget right about yesterday. The other stuff is nice but not urgent. YMMV.

It’s literally the reason I’ve been checking app store updates every day. And why I temporary reinstalled Apples Calendar app… Can’t wait!

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