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Microsoft Outlook gains S Pen support in the latest app update

Microsoft has added S Pen support to its Outlook Android app in the latest update. Galaxy Note users with Outlook version 3.0.131 and above can now use their S Pen to hover over emails, attachments, events, and people to quickly preview the contents and take actions, similar to the Samsung Email app.

The update is interesting given the recent strategic partnership between Samsung and Microsoft. The deal will involve, among other things, Samsung pre-installing Microsoft apps on its Galaxy devices. Accordingly, the Galaxy Note 10 comes with many Microsoft apps such as (may vary by region) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and LinkedIn. It also comes with the Link to Windows feature, which is a rebranded version of the software giant’s Your Phone app.

Interestingly, Samsung already has many first-party apps which compete with Microsoft’s offerings. The former’s apps also take better advantage of Samsung-specific features such as the S Pen, Bixby, etc. If Microsoft adds some of these features to its Android apps, like the S Pen support for Outlook, we may see them replacing a few Samsung apps (Samsung Email, Samsung Notes, Samsung Cloud, etc.) on future Galaxy devices.

To be clear, neither Samsung nor Microsoft has announced any such plans yet, but given how the Korean company has opted for Link to Windows when it had Samsung Flow, it is not a far-fetched prediction.

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PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

The biggest problem I found with Outlook (which is what Samsung is pushing users to): it will block sync of your Exchange account. If your contacts are stored in Outlook, they WILL NOT sync to the phone. Good luck calling or texting anyone. Calendar WILL NOT sync to the Samsung Calendar. Email WILL NOT sync to Samsung Email, though that’s not even preinstalled anyway. I had to uninstall Outlook for sync to work normally.

Fatal flaw.

BlackShuyin
BlackShuyin

I got no problems with that.

If you use your outlook account on Samsung mail, you will get a mail with the information that sync is blocked (to push you to the outlook app (Microsoft was already criticized for this behavior)). Never mind, there is a link saying like “Use this app instead of outlook” which unblocks the sync and you can use Samsung calendar and mail with your outlook account normally.

Faced this situation 3 times and every time it worked for me.

Cicerone
Cicerone

I have my Outlook account working in Samsung Mail without any additional action.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Yup. That’s what I did as well. I guess Outlook doesn’t have to be uninstalled, but it just becomes bloatware at that point. Plus, it’s just not going to work as well with accessories like the Galaxy Watch. I’m not sure what would happen if I now deleted my Exchange account on the phone, uninstalled Samsung Email, disabled Samsung Calendar, and went back to outlook. Would I get that email again? Would my Contacts continue to sync? And it’s not even being pushed to Outlook that was my biggest issue (works great for email and calendar), but that all your… Read more »

pmenzies
pmenzies

I have no problems with this either