Microsoft 365 is ready for Apple's new systems
Published Sep 15 2020 09:00 AM 28.3K Views

Apple’s new operating systems open the door for Microsoft to deliver more capabilities that help Microsoft customers achieve more and bring the best of Microsoft 365 to their preferred devices. These updates make it easier and faster to access the apps you use every day, create and share great content and personalize your experience in a secure way. Microsoft continues to invest in solutions that feel at home across the ecosystem of devices as Microsoft customers continue to adopt Apple products for their personal productivity and business needs in the modern workplace and at home.


At home with your preferred apps on Apple devices

iOS and iPadOS 14 bring a new Apple App Library that will automatically organizes your apps. Now imagine setting apps you use every day such as your email and browser from Microsoft as the default apps. When you update your iOS device with the new Apple operating system and the new version of Microsoft Outlook and Edge, once available in the Apple appstore, you will be able to choose Outlook and Edge as default apps. This way, you can personalize your experience to stay connected and organized in one app for your email and calendar, and when opening links to the web, you can get the privacy and productivity you expect from Microsoft while you browse.  


Choose Outlook as your default email app with iOS and iPadOS 14Choose Outlook as your default email app with iOS and iPadOS 14

Personalization of your mobile experience helps you stay in control.  Microsoft Outlook and OneDrive will give you the option to add widgets to your iOS and iPad home screen. With the flexibility to pick your widget size and location, you can stay on top of what matters at a glance with an Outlook Calendar widget to see what’s next in your day with your work, school and personal account. When using OneDrive with your personal account, you can see your photo memories from the On This Day feature, highlighting photos taken on this day across previous years. If you don't have any On This Day photos for today, you'll see your most recent photos that you've saved to the cloud.

OneDrive and Outlook Calendar widgets - medium sizeOneDrive and Outlook Calendar widgets - medium size

If your iPhone is in your pocket and your iPad is on your desk, you can still stay on top of what’s important to you at a glance on your Apple watch. watchOS 7 enables Outlook to introduce new complication improvement for email and calendar. This way, not only can you choose from either or both email or calendar complications, but the calendar complication will now include an indication of your free or busy status based on the color you’ve chosen for your Outlook Calendar color as well as the email complication will display how many unready messages you have in your Outlook Focused Inbox.

New mail and Calendar complications for OutlookNew mail and Calendar complications for Outlook

 Compose and share your creations

With iPadOS 14, Apple Pencil and Outlook, users will be able to write their emails and their handwritten message will be converted to text automatically with Scribble. You can add hand drawn illustrations or diagrams to your emails for added color and context, or you can use the Pencil to write your keyword Search or fill in the text fields to quickly schedule a meeting. Outlook also supports rich formatting on iPad so once your handwriting is converted to text, you can add additional structure and dimension to your email communications – just touch the symbol with the pencil above your keyboard to view formatting options. Together with Outlook, the iPad has gone beyond being used solely for data consumption through reading, viewing and browsing but increasingly ideal for content creation and sharing.


With iPadOS, you can use Apple’s Multitasking feature to open two apps at the same time. This means that you can open Outlook and Edge to copy and drag text and links to your email, helping you create and send compelling and informative emails. Microsoft is pleased to now introduce the ability to drag and drop files and photos into Outlook.  For example you can open your Photos app at the same time as Outlook for iOS on iPad to drag and drop a selection of pictures as email attachments, such as receipts to be emailed to your expense management solution. 


Drag and drop images from OneDrive to Outlook on iPadDrag and drop images from OneDrive to Outlook on iPad

If you want to select multiple documents from OneDrive, iCloud or another storage location and add them to your emails, just have Outlook open at the same time as the app with your files and drag and drop it into location and the files will be added as attachments to the email. Access permissions to Microsoft 365 files are assigned by your organization and will be automatically applied to further protect your data.  


This fall, OneDrive will be able to support offline editing of your Office files. You will be able to download your Word, Excel or PowerPoint files on your iPhone or iPad so that when you’re offline, you can open and edit them in Office or the relevant iPad app.  Rolling out in September, OneDrive introduces the new Home experience which brings your most recently used files, shared libraries as well as offline files together regardless if you last accessed them on your mobile device, PC or mac.


New capabilities are coming to Big Sur and OneDrive on macOS. Soon OneDrive will support automatic renaming files and folders that may contain invalid characters or errors. 

macOS and OneDrive renames files with unsupported charactersmacOS and OneDrive renames files with unsupported characters

Be sure to join us at Microsoft Ignite 2020 on September 23rd.  We’re looking forward to sharing more news about the new Outlook for Mac and more.  


Across the Apple ecosystem of devices, Microsoft 365 uses the new capabilities from the Apple systems to connect you to the apps, files and experiences that are relevant to you so you can easily create and share.


Microsoft is committed to delivering the best Microsoft 365 to customers who choose Apple devices for their business and personal use. When the new systems from Apple start to roll out, Microsoft is ready with updated experiences to help you feel at home on your device of choice and drive your productivity, helping your organize your day and stay on top of what’s important to you in a secure way. 

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