Apple improved multitasking on iPad devices with the introduction of features such as Split View and Slide Over with the iOS 9 update. The firm has since made improvements to these features and improved multitasking further with the launch of iPadOS. Productivity apps are to benefit the most out of these multitasking improvements.
One of the most popular productivity-focused apps on the platform that was yet to leverage these capabilities was Outlook. That changes today, as an update to the Outlook app on iPadOS (spotted by 9to5Mac) brings with it support for Split View and Slide Over. This is in line with the firm’s promise of bringing these features to the app.
Split View support means that the app now natively supports being opened with other apps side-by-side. While the earlier version did make use of the available screen real estate, the update goes one step further in optimizing the app for the feature. Additionally, support for Slide Over brings the ability to open the Outlook app on top of an existing app to quickly access its functions. Users can also open multiple instances of the app, which is nifty for email clients for when one would want to reference information from within other emails while composing a new draft.
The update for the app is also enabling support for drag and drop. This means that users can now drag content such as photos or text from the adjacent app in Split View and drop it right into the email message. These features are meaningful additions to Outlook and come in handy for those that rely on iPad devices for productivity tasks. You can download the Outlook for iPadOS app here.