Microsoft brings Hub Keyboard to iOS, as Outlook gains support for Calendar Apps
For all the struggles Microsoft’s own mobile platforms have gone through, and the difficulty the company’s faced in acquiring a greater share of the smartphone market, Microsoft’s kept a pretty good attitude when it comes to app development. Rather than focus its energies on Windows 10 Mobile exclusives in an effort to draw users to its side, the company’s instead quite willing to code apps for its competition, and we find Android and iOS alike practically inundated with Microsoft apps. Today we’ve got news of a couple developments from that scene, as Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard to another platform and delivers new functionality to its Outlook apps.
Back in February, Microsoft released its Hub Keyboard for Android, focusing less on simple text-entry and more on giving users convenient access to app shortcuts and the system clipboard. Now the company’s moving past Android to also bring the Hub Keyboard to iOS. Just like on Android, users will find shortcuts to pull up their documents, as well as a list of recent docs and contacts, and access to search tools.
Microsoft’s also got some new software in the form of an update to its Android and iOS Outlook apps, adding support for a feature it’s calling Calendar Apps. The mode lets select apps tap in to Outlook’s calendar (that name starting to make sense now?), allowing for things like seeing Facebook events right in your Outlook calendar, or synching with Evernote to-do lists.
Initial support covers just Wunderlist, Facebook, and Evernote, but Microsoft says that other Calendar Apps should be coming soon, and similar connected behavior will be landing for Skype for Business and OneNote.