Outlook for iOS just keeps getting better. An update Microsoft posted today now lets you open Word, PowerPoint and Excel files directly in their respective apps instead of sending you to a simplified viewer.
Next time someone emails you a file, you’ll see a new “Open in” text below Office-compatible files if you have the corresponding app installed. Tapping the file brings you to that app and when you’re done making changes, you can just hit the back button; the file will save and you’ll be taken to Outlook, where a reply email is already started with the file attached.
The Outlook update and another set of updates to the iOS Office apps brings easier email sharing to Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well. Now when you hit the share button, you’ll now see the option to “Send with Outlook,” which brings up an Outlook-styled email composer within the app and your document already attached.
If you don’t have the other Office apps installed, Outlook still shows you previews in its simple viewer, with suggestion to download the free apps. You can also download all the Office apps through Microsoft’s site. The app updates actually went live a week ago, but Microsoft just outlined the changes in a blog post today.