There’s probably no one that doesn’t know Microsoft Outlook: at the very least, everyone has heard its name, and most of us have come across this infamous email client, once in our lifetime. But many things have changed since its initial release, twenty years ago: now Microsoft’s betting heavily on the cloud, and it’s transitioning some of its well-known products to a SaaS way of life. (This betting has begun since before Satya Nadella’s designation as CEO in 2014, but with his appointment has become a top priority.)
Microsoft Outlook 2016 integrates many cloud features: you can add many different accounts, not only Microsoft ones but Gmail’s, iCloud’s and linking your cloud storage profile, like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive – and of course, OneDrive. If you have to attach a document stored in OneDrive or saved on Office365, Microsoft Outlook will insert the link to the file instead, which we find as a great example of synergy and integration. Inspired by many latest generation email clients, Microsoft Outlook 2016 lets you manage your messages: they even added a “Focused Inbox” in their mobile app, where you can find the most important emails you received. The software infers which message goes into this Focused Inbox according to your habits and your answers to people.
As always, you can trust Microsoft Outlook seamlessly to integrate your messages, your calendars, your address book and even your to-do list. Unfortunately, and: as always, this features-complete comes at a high clutter cost. And if it’s not the clutter, the issue lies somewhere else: for example, in using Word as default text editor for emails. Guess we don’t need to tell you what this means for HTML rendering, do we? On the other hand, Microsoft claims they enhanced Outlook’s search feature, now it should be faster and trustier.
Unfortunately, Microsoft Outlook 2016 is still chained to Office general look and feel. Although in the last few years they turned their software designs into a mainstream minimalistic interface, software like Outlook remains complex and messy.
But still, Microsoft Outlook is one of the most complete professional email client. If you can pass over its intricacy and you need every feature, it has, grab a copy – pardon, a subscription.
|Usability: 6.5 /10||Speed: 7.5 /10||Features: 9 /10||Support: 7.5 /10||Pricing: 8 /10|