From out of seemingly nowhere, Microsoft created the best email app for iOS. Outlook for iOS is a simplified version of the powerful desktop version but that's a good thing. The app has the best features of Outlook and none of the fat.
Simple yet powerful
Outlook for iOS combines your email, contacts and calendar into one app. No more jumping between apps to add an event or to look up contact info. Mail is still the main feature of the app and it does a lot right.
In terms of support for different email services, Outlook for iOS supports Exchange, Outlook.com, iCloud, Google and Yahoo. The app even lets you sign into OneDrive, Box and Dropbox to quickly attach files from those services.
Email can be combined into a unified inbox but you can chose to go into individual inboxes instead of having everything in one inbox. This is great for people who don't want to mix their personal and work emails. The inbox is separated into two sections: Focused and Other. The Focused section intelligently picks out the most important emails. Less important emails like promos, social media updates and receipts are filed into the Other tab. This really helps you get to your most important emails quickly.
You can also sort your email by Flagged, Unread or look for emails with files under the Quick Filter section. There's also a search button at the top to quickly search for a specific message. Another nice feature is the ability to swipe right to snooze an email to deal with later. You can swipe left to archive a message as well.
There's also a great calendar section in the app that just works. You can choose from an Agenda, Day or Week view to see all your upcoming events. For event invites, you can accept, decline or add a tentative response, just like you would in Outlook for the desktop. You can also choose which calendars to display in the menu.
If you want to start a new email, you can tap on the compose button at the top or search for a contact in the People section. Outlook features instant search so results pop up as you're typing a contacts name.
Lastly, there's a Files section which lets you see your most recent files from your cloud drives. This is super handy for attaching files to your messages.
Getting things done fast
Using Outlook for iOS is a pleasure. While the desktop version gets flack for being bloated and slow, this version for iOS is lightning fast and easy to use. I wish the desktop version was as simple to use as this.
I am impressed by how stable the app is. I haven't had it crash or stutter at all. The only gripe I have is that long email chains can take a while to load and text is small for some messages.
Setting up your email accounts is a breeze as it supports just about everything. POP3 and IMAP aren't supported but this shouldn't be an issue for most users. However, users who have their own email addresses won't be able to use this app. If you're a Gmail user, Outlook for iOS is much better than the slow and buggy Gmail for iOS app.
The best email app for iOS so far
If you use email on your iPhone or iPad, this is the app you should download. It handles the most popular email services and offers a ton of handy features to make getting things done fast.