For those of you who need some help getting organized this semester

App of the week: Outlook

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By Igor Magun

If you need help staying organized this school year, the Outlook app might be of assistance to you. Not to be confused with Microsoft’s email service,, Outlook provides access to your email, calendar and contacts in one convenient place.

The email portion of Outlook uses a feature called the focused inbox to identify and place important emails into one spot, and unimportant messages into another. It’s compatible with all major email services, including Gmail, Yahoo and If the app misplaces any important messages into the other inbox, you can create a rule that will place all future emails from the same sender into the focused inbox.

If you need to be reminded of a particular message, Outlook allows you to schedule an email to reappear in your inbox at a later time. You can attach files to your emails, provided that those files are hosted on a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Outlook will also sync contacts from your email accounts to the app, making it easy to connect with friends and colleagues.

The app syncs up your calendars from services like Gmail as well, allowing you to keep track of appointments and your class schedule. You can add new appointments and reminders from inside the app, which will be synced back to the corresponding calendar service.

The Outlook app is available for free on the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play Store.

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