Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella looks on during a video as he delivers the keynote address at Build, the company's annual conference for software developers Monday, May 7, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

INTERNATIONAL - Microsoft unveiled a few new features for its Outlook desktop app, Outlook for iOS / Android mobile apps, and the company’s Outlook.com webmail service.

Microsoft’s new Outlook features are also primarily aimed at business customers. 

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Here is a list of the new features:

1. Bill payment reminders in calendar

Microsoft is adding bill pay reminders to Outlook.com, that will appear as calendar items. Outlook will identify a bill received in an email and then the due date for the bill will be automatically added to the calendar event. 

Additionally, Outlook.com will also send an email two days before the bill is due.

2. Location suggestions in calendar

It will allow you to add suggestions for meeting locations in calendar entries, and automatically populate them with information from Bing. Outlook for iOS is also getting similar location support, alongside the option to book meeting room availability from your mobile device.

3. Improved RSVP

Microsoft is also improving RSVP and tracking meeting attendees in Outlook’s calendar. 

You’ll soon be able to see the tracked responses to meetings even if you didn’t organise the meeting.

4. Improved time-zone feature


Outlook’s calendar on both Windows and Mac is also getting better time zone support. You can now set up a travel calendar entry in one time zone that ends in another, which is particularly useful if you’re looking at flight information.

5. Syncing draft emails 

Outlook for iOS will soon support syncing draft emails, making it easier to compose an email on your phone and finish it on your PC.

6. Integration of Office Lens  

Microsoft is also integrating its Office Lens tech into Outlook for Android. Office Lens lets you capture information from a whiteboard, or take photos of a document and have them automatically cropped to look like they were scanned on a professional scanner. 

7. Quick replies for Android 

Outlook for Android is getting quick replies at the bottom of messages.

8. Support for favourite contacts 

Outlook for iOS and Android are both getting support for favorite contacts in June. You’ll be able to tag people as a favorite.

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