Microsoft's latest update to Outlook on iOS brings improvements to the contacts experience, and they'll soon be available to users of the app on Android too.
iOS users running the newest version of Outlook can now add and edit contacts for Outlook.com and Office 365 accounts, and support for Google contacts is also "coming soon". New contacts can be added by tapping on the '+' sign in the People tab in Outlook, and an Edit button makes it easy to amend details for existing contacts. "Any changes made in Outlook for iOS will be synced and available across all versions of Outlook," Microsoft said.
It has also redesigned Outlook contact cards to better highlight key details for each contact, as it explained:
Tap on any name in your messages or events to access phone numbers, email addresses and other details, like Skype IDs, along with your contact’s picture. Tapping a phone number will allow you to choose between calling, messaging or FaceTiming your contact.
The new contact card now also displays your recent conversations, shared attachments and any upcoming meetings you have with that person.
You can also save your Outlook contacts to the native or default Contacts app on iOS and Android, but there are limitations to this, which Microsoft pointed out:
Due to the underlying capabilities of iOS and Android, Outlook provides a one-way push of contact information from Outlook to your phone. Newly added contacts and changes made in Outlook will sync to your built-in Contacts app. However, edits made in the contacts app will not sync back to Outlook or your email service.
Microsoft hasn't yet offered an exact timeframe for when these latest improvements will be available on Android.
Source: Office Blogs (Microsoft)