Microsoft Outlook gets way more iPad-friendly

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Microsoft Outlook for iPad
Microsoft Outlook on iPad can at last show email next to a calendar.
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Microsoft’s combined email and calendar application finally offers full support for iPad multitasking. Outlook now supports Split View, so users can have their mail and calendar open next to each other.

Microsoft Outlook finally offers Split View

“Multitask like a pro with Outlook, now optimized for Split View on iPad. Open your mail and calendar side by side or drag and drop text into a message with your fingertip!” notes Microsoft.

Despite handling both messages and calendar events, it isn’t possible for this application by itself to show both at the same time. Emails and calendars are on separate screens. However, with today’s update, an iPad can run two separate instances of Microsoft Outlook, and display both of them at the same time — one with email and the other showing a calendar.

iPadOS also allows text to be dragged and dropped between two applications running side by side, or two instances of the same app, as Microsoft noted.

Microsoft Outlook version 4.23.0 is available now on the App Store. It’s free to use.

A significant update for the Mac version of Outlook is also in the wings. Microsoft promised an overhaul with new sync technology and big performance improvements, as well as welcome design tweaks.