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Outlook's mobile makeover includes a much smarter search, powered by Microsoft Graph

Outlook's mobile makeover includes a much smarter search, powered by Microsoft Graph
From TechCrunch - July 12, 2017

Microsoft today unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes a more intelligent search feature, powered by Microsoft Graph, along with other changes to navigation and conversations.

Microsoft Graph, the companys technology used to make productivity applications smarter, is being used to turn Outlooks search feature into a tool that can surface more than just emailsit will be augmented to include things like contacts, attachments, flight and travel itineraries, package deliveries and more.

Search is also becoming a more central part of the experience in the new version of Outlook, Microsoft notes. In fact, when you tap into search it wont be a blank screen, but will include proactive suggestions of your top contacts and recent files, as well as showcase things happening today, like your travel plansall before you even kick off your search.

Plus, when you start typing, the auto-complete suggestions will display names from your most frequently contacted recipients first.

Unfortunately, this intelligent search upgradewhile a part of the larger Outlook makeoverisnt immediately available. Instead, the update will roll out soon to mobile users, says Microsoft, though it did not give an exact launch date.

However, there are a few more changes that are beginning to roll out today.

For starters, the conversation experience has been redesigned. Theres now a clear separation between individual emails, which is a plus, as it makes it easier to visually parse your group conversations and get caught up. Also, Outlook will now automatically open conversations to the first unread message, to save you on scrolling down.

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