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This article was published on August 21, 2015

Outlook for iOS can now open and edit attachments with Office apps

Outlook for iOS can now open and edit attachments with Office apps
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Microsoft has updated its Outlook and Office apps for iPhone and iPad to allow users to open and edit attachments in Word, Excel and PowerPoint more easily.

Outlook users can now open Office documents that they receive as attachments in their respective apps. If you don’t have them installed, Outlook will prompt you to download them from the App Store.

You can now open documents directly in Office apps using Outlook
You can now open documents directly in Office apps using Outlook

What’s especially nifty is that after you’ve edited the the document, tapping ‘Back’ will return you to Outlook with your file attached in a reply, ready to go.

Edit a document in an Office app, tap Back, and it will automatically be attached to your email reply
Edit a document in an Office app, tap Back, and it will automatically be attached to your email reply

Additionally, if you’re working on documents in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, a new ‘Send with Outlook’ option in the Share menu attaches your file to a new email and lets you start composing your message instantly.

Microsoft says it will bring these features to Android in the next couple of months.

Deeper integration between Office documents and Outlook for iOS [Office Blogs]

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