THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR:

Kolide

The fleet visibility solution for Mac, Windows, and Linux that can help you securely scale your business


Outlook for iOS Introduces Email Add-ins

Today as it launched version 2.1 of Outlook for iOS, Microsoft announced a new feature for the app: add-ins. Add-ins are a form of integration with both third-party and first-party services that provide multiple new ways to manage your email, and they’re available only to Office 365 customers.

Add-ins each offer a different way to interact with an email. Evernote and Trello’s add-ins let you add the contents of an email into a note or card, respectively. GIPHY’s presents you a gallery of GIFs, one of which you can choose to send as a reply to that email. Translator lets you quickly and easily translate the contents of the message into your selected language. This versatility of add-ins, with each one serving your email management differently, is an early strength of the platform.

Activating add-ins from Settings.

Activating add-ins from Settings.

Setting up each add-in is fairly simple. Within the Settings screen, there’s now an add-in menu where you’ll find all the current integrations. Tapping the box next to one will activate at, at which point you’ll be asked to login to your account for that service if applicable. After that, you’re done.

To put an add-in to use, tap the icon consisting of four squares, found near the upper right-hand corner of an email. This will bring up a list of all add-ins you currently have activated. Each one provides a description of what it does, such as “Translate Message,” “Reply with GIPHY,” and so on.

The interface for using an add-in.

The interface for using an add-in.

The following add-ins are available today:

  • Dynamics 365
  • Evernote
  • GIPHY
  • Nimble
  • Smartsheet
  • Translator
  • Trello

Microsoft also announced on its developer blog that the add-in platform is open to developers, so any developer can add support for their own service by following Microsoft’s outlined instructions.

The add-in platform seems like it could add a lot of value to the way email is managed, but its restriction to Office 365 users makes me concerned the platform won’t see wide enough adoption. Not only do you have to be an Office 365 customer, but you can only use add-ins with your Microsoft account. So while I have both my iCloud and Microsoft email accounts setup in Outlook, add-ins can only be used with the latter, which makes them vastly less useful to me.

Outlook 2.1 is available on the App Store.

Unlock More with Club MacStories

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.

The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.

Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:

  • Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
  • Club MacStories+: Everything that Club MacStories offers, plus exclusive content like Federico’s Automation Academy and John’s Macintosh Desktop Experience, a powerful web app for searching and exploring over 6 years of content and creating custom RSS feeds of Club content, an active Discord community, and a rotating collection of discounts, and more;
  • Club Premier: Everything in from our other plans and AppStories+, an extended version of our flagship podcast that’s delivered early, ad-free, and in high-bitrate audio.