Outlook hopes to fill the hole Mailbox left in your heart

Today’s post was written by Javier Soltero, corporate vice president for the Outlook team.

Today, Mailbox is shutting down, leaving a lot of its users mourning the loss of one of the first great mobile email apps. Like the Mailbox team, we’ve always believed that email on the go can and should be better. As Mailbox is turned off, we are convinced more than ever before that there is still much more to do to make email on your phone amazing. In today’s mobile world, we believe email on your phone needs to be more than just for reading messages while standing in line for coffee. It needs to help you quickly focus on what matters and ignore what doesn’t. It needs to let you send better email more easily. It should make you more productive, not overwhelm you.

Since our mobile app launch in January of 2015, our goal has been to build the email and calendar app that would accomplish all of those things. Joining forces with our friends from Sunrise, we made Outlook a full featured app that puts your mobile email in focus, integrates with your calendar and makes attachments much easier to use on the go. Over 30 million people have chosen Outlook as their default email client on their iOS and Android devices.

Today, we want to invite former Mailbox users to give Outlook a try. Here’s why we’re sure you’ll love it.

While you may think of Outlook working only with Outlook.com or Office 365 email, it also works great with many email providers, including Gmail, iCloud and Yahoo. In fact, The Verge referred to us as “the best Gmail app for the iPhone” back in December.

We recently made improvements to our Schedule feature to make former Mailbox users feel right at home. We added several more options for scheduling messages to a later date and time with just a tap, including This Weekend for those personal emails you want to get out of the way or Next Week for less urgent projects. On top of that, we made it easier than ever before to reschedule an email if you change your mind.

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All of these features will be available in the App Store and Google Play next week. We hope you’ll join us in our journey to better email and calendar.

Have any feedback for us? Let us know through our in-app support (Settings > Help & Support > Contact Support) and add #mailbox to your message.

Welcome again.

—Javier Soltero