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    3559 comments  ·  Outlook for Android » People  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey there!

    We highly appreciate your feedback you’ve given us about this feature. Good news: We’re close to releasing it on Android. You can get a sneak preview here: https://blogs.office.com/2017/06/05/improving-people-in-outlook-for-ios-and-android/

    Thanks for your patience as we make the final touches!

    All the best
    The Outlook Mobile Team

    PS: Please use the Help Section of the app for any questions, we are not able to see replies to this address.

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    D Paul Dalton commented  · 

    Contact Management is critically important for almost all users & neither the Mobile nor the Desktop versions of Outlook do a good job at it.

    Although "syncing" is useful, it ends up creating a MESS. Many of my Outlook Contacts now show to be synced with 10 or 15 or more other "contacts", either from other instances/locations of Outlook or other apps (Samsung, gmail, etc.). Referencing those synced contacts would be useful if I could easily identify the source of each of them. But I can't tell (at least not easily) which is the actual "Main" Outlook contact on my phone, which is the synced version from my Desktop, which is synced from a separate Outlook contacts list for a different number (or purpose) from my desktop, etc., & which of the other "synced" contacts are from which multiple locations of other "contacts" created on or imported to my phone.

    So:

    1. Please identify the different synced contacts better (ID the main Outlook contact as "Main", each other synced Outlook contact list by location (e.g., "Outlook Desktop", "Outlook Desktop 1", etc.), & more clearly ID the specific source of each synced non-Outlook contact (e.g., if 2 Gmail contact lists are synced, then ID them as "Gmail" & "Gmail 1").

    2. Also allow users to rename the source of each because often a user needs more detail in the name to recognize the source).

    2. Provide a facility to permit a user to compare the data in each field between the Main Outlook contact & any synced contacts AND that will:

    a. Permit the user to select data items in a synced contact & cause Outlook to either replace (or add to) the existing data in the same field of the Main Outlook contact (including adding a missing field, if needed). Just "linking" to the info in those other contacts is not adequate because when the Main Contact just lunksctob& displays "bad" data in a synced contact, it's a real PITA to fix the problem. One must open & look at each of 8, 10, 12, etc. "synced" contacts to find the ones with the "bad" data, & delete those syncs. But they later sync again & the new links start the that same problem over. Now that I think about it, I think this may be what's happening with "Merge" - it needs to be "smarter" in this regard.

    b. Outlook should remember what's already been imported so it won't need to waste time comparing against that same contact again . . . unless it has changed.

    c. While it would be nice for Outlook to also be able to update the data in those "synced" contact lists, that's not nearly as important &, if it's difficult, don't even try to do it.

    3. Give separate access for getting to Outlook Contacts info while using Email of Calendar! This is IMPORTANT!! I can't tell you how many times I've been drafting an email or trying to schedule an appointment & I need quick access to info I know is in a Contact to be able to copy - or just reference - it in the email or schedule request. Ratgercthan trying to figure out how to get it from the Outlook contact, it's so much easier for me to just click on the Samsung Contacts list to get that info without fear that I'm risking loss of my incomplete work in the email or in a schedule request! It shouldn't be that way! It should be easiest to get to that info within Outlook - but you don't MAKE it easy or obvious how to do it!

    Thanks,
    Paul

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    67 comments  ·  Outlook for Android » Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    D Paul Dalton commented  · 

    Mobile version copies folders from Main. However, the folders are not collapsible in the Mobile version, which makes it much more difficult to find specific desired folder when needed. Please make the folders collapsible as in the Main version.

    Thanks,
    Paul Dalton

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    D Paul Dalton commented  · 

    We really NEED to be able to get into Outlook Contacts in the mobile version & to be able to work with them as easily as in the desktop version. This is a BIG & important deficiency. Followed by synching both ways with native contacts in Android phones (only as to same fields, of course), as well as inclusion of ability to identify duplicate & near duplicate contacts to delete or merge. Thanks.

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    Under review  ·  939 comments  ·  Outlook for Android » Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    D Paul Dalton commented  · 

    This is a very important request. However, it's the sort of thing that also can clog up the Inbox, particularly for messages with multiple recipients.

    So, instead of cluttering the Inbox with a copy of each "Read" or "Received" notice, I suggest handling this in the Sent Folder by imposing a "Received" &/or a "Read" icon on the 1st description line of the appropriate Sent Message as it appears in the list of messages (making use of the currently blank space between the Recipient name and the time/date).

    That way, to find out whether a particular Sent message was Received &/or Read, the User need only look at the message in the Sent folder for confirmation.

    Then, if the user needs to know more specifics, they should be able to click on the icon to get details (including specifically which recipient(s) have received or read that message).

    This would make better use of the available space in the mobile app.

    Frankly, I believe this also would be a better approach for the desktop version.

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    D Paul Dalton commented  · 

    I COMPLETELY agree! This is long overdue.

    It doesn't have to be a big interface deal. It seems like you could just add a "Multiple Reminders" item at the bottom of the existing drop-down list (where it now lists choices of hours, days, etc.), which would bring up a dialog box for setting several choices.

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