Microsoft Brings Add-in Support for Outlook on Mac and Connectors to Web
Outlook users are getting a dose of new functionality this week. Mac OS users on the Office Insider Program can now download add-ins for the email client. Microsoft also announced integrated connectors for Outlook on the web.
Mac OS users using Microsoft's Outlook service are about to get much more functionality from the service. The company has announced that it is bringing add-ins to the email client. At the moment the add-in compatibility is reserved for those on the Office Insider Fast ring on Mac.
Microsoft says that all existing Outlook add-ins will be made available. The company says some of the add-ins are from major companies. For example, Boomerang, Uber, PayPal, and Yelp all have add-ins for Outlook. Here are some of the major services available:
Add-ins for Outlook work in a similar manner to web extensions for browsers like Edge and Chrome. They give users tool to use services and complete tasks within the email client. With add-ins, Outlook users can avoid having to switch apps or sign in to other services.
This functionality has been available on the web and desktop (Windows) versions of the service for around a year.
Alongside add-ins, Microsoft also announced new Connector for the inbox and Actionable Messages. The company points out that these give the ability to perform quick actions directly from email. Office 365 Connectors was first debuted earlier in the year and has now been expanded to Outlook. Microsoft explains the service in the Office Blog:
“With Connectors for the inbox, you will be able to track updates from your project boards, social media accounts and more, right from your email.”
Users can get see some of the early connectors right now. Among the services are Asana, Bing News, Bitbucket, GitHub, Twitter, Yammer, and Trello. Connectors allow users to create notifications from a service they have integrated. It is worth noting that this is a feature for Outlook for web through Office 365, and not Mac OS.