Introducing the Outlook watch face for Android Wear
Before I begin, I imagine you already have one burning question – are you expecting me to buy another piece of wearable tech? The answer is no, if you’re already the proud owner of an Android Wear watch! Otherwise, yes, if you’d like to give the newly released Outlook watch face for Android Wear a try. If you love calendar and email updates, but hate having to constantly check your smartphone this could be the watch face for you. It offers both the chance to up your productivity, and lets you look cool doing it – what more could you ask?
Upcoming events? Check your watch.
At first glance, the Outlook watch face offers details of your next meeting. It also informs you of upcoming events and meetings happening within the next 12 hours, clearly overlaid on the dial. Your calendar colors even match the calendars you’ve added in Outlook, for that familiar homey feel.
Notifications are interactive, rather than static. By clicking on an event you can view more details and even send a note to the organizer, if you’re about to be disastrously late, stuck in a traffic on your way to the meeting.
Interact with Emails at the Tap of a Finger.
As well as events and calendar entries, the Outlook watch face is also your perfect companion for emails on the go. The front screen provides you with the number of emails received since your last furtive smartphone glance. If there are no upcoming events in the next 12 hours, you can also see the names of senders.
Of course, the functionality isn’t limited to admiring your inbox from afar. Clicking on an email notification affords you all of the same options (albeit in a simplified form) as the Outlook for Android app on your phone. Go ahead and tap the email notification to read, archive, schedule and delete emails. You can even reply by voice dictation or a series of preset responses.
Customization, just for you.
Customization is also available for the Outlook watch face. A range of background and accent colors are designed to suit your every whim.
It’s also great to see Microsoft continuing to encourage users to suggest features. If you’ve got an awesome feature in mind that just needs to be included, you can drop the Outlook team a line directly through Outlook by going to Settings > Help & Feedback > Suggest a Feature.
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