Microsoft Outlook for Android tests email categories and a floating action menu
Early last month, Microsoft rolled out an update for the Outlook app for Android that added support for 2-way sync between Google Calendar and other calendars. The company is now working on bringing two more useful features to the app, which will allow users to categorize emails and quickly access essential features from a new floating action menu.
Android developer and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi recently spotted these unreleased features and shared the following screenshots. According to his tweet, the upcoming “Categories” feature on Microsoft Outlook for Android will allow users to group emails, events, and contacts based on customizable categories. Once released, the feature will show up as a new “Categories” option in the app settings.
Tapping on this option will open a new page, which will include a couple of predefined categories and a button to add a custom category. When you tap on any of these predefined categories, you will see a pop-up that will let you change the category name and color. However, it isn’t clear how these categories will be displayed in the inbox.
ℹ️ This menu can be opened with a long press on the button to compose a new email in the messages list ✉️ or on the button to add a new event in the calendar 🗓 tab. pic.twitter.com/ogoAfP8hiP
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) November 17, 2020
Along with the “Categories” option, Microsoft Outlook for Android will also get a new floating action menu to help you quickly access a few essential features. You will be able to access the menu by tapping and holding the compose button. As you can see in the attached tweet, the menu will include 5 new options — Voice Search, Meet now, Book a workspace, New contact, and New event.
As of now, we have no official information from Microsoft regarding these features. We’ll update this post as soon as we learn more.