Microsoft announces deeper integration between Office documents and Outlook for iOS


Microsoft has announced deeper integration between Outlook and our other key Office apps for iPhone and iPad—Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

It will allow users to easily collaborate and share Office documents.

Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps, replacing the previously used simple viewers.


The number of steps required to collaborate on files sent as attachments are also reduced.

These updates offer users with Outlook’s Focused Inbox, integration with calendar, customizable swipe gestures and predictive search.

With the latest updates, once users have opened a file from Outlook and finished making changes, a single tap on the Back button closes the document and returns to Outlook, automatically adding the now-updated file as an attachment in the reply.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint now include a ‘Send with Outlook’ option in the ‘Share’ menu.

This button will bring up the Outlook ‘Compose New Email’ pane with the document attached and ready to share.

The Office apps for iPhones and iPads can be downloaded for free from the AppStore.

Users can also suggest features to the Office team by sharing their comments within Outlook by going to Settings and taping Suggest a Feature.


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