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Navigating the OWA for iPad App

After you’ve set up the OWA for iPad app to manage your data from your tablet, much of the app’s functionality is identical to using Outlook.com (the online-based version of Outlook, www.outlook.com). As you’ll discover, the app also includes the ability to use Microsoft’s own UserVoice feature (as opposed to Siri) in order to use voice commands and look up or access Outlook-related information while using the app. To do this, press and hold the Navigation button for about two seconds, and then start speaking. For example, you could say. “Open Calendar for Tuesday,” or “New Email to Jane Doe.”

To manually switch between Outlook modules as you’re using the OWA app, tap on the Navigation icon that’s displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. Then, from the Navigation screen, tap on the Mail, Calendar, People, or Options tile that’s displayed. You’ll notice that once your Outlook data has synchronized with your tablet, upcoming meetings will automatically be displayed on the Navigation screen, within the Calendar tile.

Meanwhile, as new incoming emails are received that have yet to be opened and read, a badge indicating the number of new messages will appear as part of the OWA app icon on your tablet’s Home screen. This badge will automatically adjust as you open the incoming emails from within the app.

When it comes to managing emails using the OWA app, the interface is very much like Outlook on your primary computer or when using the Mail app on your tablet. The screen gets divided into two columns. On the left is your mailbox information, and on the right, the currently selected email message is displayed. Use the various on-screen icons, as well as finger swipe motions, to manage your email account(s) using the app.

For example, tap on the “+” icon to compose a new email message, or while reading an incoming message, swipe your finger to reveal the Delete, Flag, Move, Mark As Read, Mark As Unread, and More menu so you can manage the message. To view an email message within a larger window, tap on the eyeglasses icon that’s displayed near the bottom of the screen.

Just as within Outlook, to find specific information as you’re using the OWA app, tap on the Search icon which looks like a magnifying glass. It’s displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen, next to the Navigation icon. Then, begin typing whatever information you’re looking for, such as a name, date, or another piece of searchable information.

The Calendar module allows you to display your schedule-related data using a day, week, or month view, for example. Plus, you can color-code calendars and categories. Using the app’s Scheduling Assistant, it’s possible to check the schedules of other people you’re inviting to an event as it’s being created (assuming they’re also Outlook users). The OWA app also works with Bing Maps!, so you can easily add and then map out the locations of events added to the app’s Calendar module.

The People module within Outlook allows you to maintain and access a detailed contacts database, which also syncs with the Contacts app that’s built into your iPad. Like all of the other modules within the app, features within this one can also be customized by tapping on the More icon.

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