We use a lot of productivity tools here at Prowess, but nothing is more important than Microsoft Outlook. Like many organizations, we depend on it for so much more than email. We track each other’s schedules, plan meetings, jump onto Lync calls, track tasks, send documents—even jump back and forth into OneNote for taking and sending meeting notes.

The reality is that Outlook is more of a collaboration tool than a productivity tool. That’s why we were so surprised and frustrated when we picked up an iPad Air 2 and tried to integrate it into our daily work lives. When the new Microsoft Outlook iOS app shipped recently, we had high hopes for a seamless transition from our Intel processor–powered HP ElitePad 1000 G2. So, being the true hardware geeks we are, we put the two devices through a series of tests to see how well each did in a series of real-world scenarios.

A Day in the Life of an Outlook User

We based our scenarios on a day in the life of a typical business pro, named Drew. His workday probably sounds familiar: always on the run, constant meetings, frequent travel, and 100+ emails to deal with. Whether in the office or on the road, he and his team rely on Outlook to organize the chaos so they can:

  • Effectively manage schedules with Outlook calendar features
  • Customize Outlook tasks to fit their workflows
  • Improve collaboration by using Microsoft add-ins
  • Save time with familiar Outlook features

Our testing is uncovering some fundamental differences with even basic functionality that Drew—and us, for that matter—rely on, such as attaching files to emails, creating tasks, and scheduling an out-of-office message, just to name a few.

Results Coming Soon

We’re wrapping up our testing now, so check back soon for the results of our Outlook experiment.

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