Ultimate Outlook client: TouchDown

I have been using this for many years. I resisted writing about it for so long. But now, it is time to explain the reality. If you want full functionality of Outlook (rather Exchange Mailbox) on your Android or iPhone, use TouchDown. It is comprehensive, resilient and versatile. It implements Exchange capabilities to the fullest possible extent. Here is a quick list of what it has to offer.

Outlook Touchdown

  1. All types of folders are supported. Including Tasks.
  2. Supports color categories
  3. Allows you to convert a mail to task
  4. Shows full conversation view
  5. Fully customizable feature set
  6. Mobile forms support
  7. Implements full Outlook mobility policy
  8. Supports 80% of desktop Outlook features (often easier)

If you have not tried it, try it NOW. In the App Store or Google Play, there will be two versions visible: TouchDown and TouchDown HD. Most of us should use the HD version, which is designed for Android (Honeycomb/ICS/JellyBean Tablets and Smartphones). Another version is available for older Android Phones.

The user interface may look dated. Nowadays, user interface “coolness” seems to be more important than functional benefits. In spite of that, you will appreciate the sheer flexibility and customizability of this product.

For technical folks, this is the best implementation of Exchange Web Services. I am saddened by the fact that Microsoft’s own clients for Outlook offer a very small subset of functionality of what TouchDown offers (in spite of many acquisitions).

Here is a screenshot of the advanced configuration options – just to give you a feel of the richness of this product.

Touchdown advanced settings

It offers a free trial for 30 days, after which you pay approx. 20  USD per year.
In my opinion, it is absolute value for money. The only other app which has such high ROI, in my opinion, is LastPass (which is 11 USD per year) – in terms of sheer value add.

Disclaimer: I have no commercial contract with TouchDown or Synamtech. I do not benefit in any way due to sales of this product.

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