Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. Though primarily an email client, Outlook also includes such functions as calendaring, task managing, contact managing, note-taking, journal logging, and web browsing.
It can be used by individuals as a stand-alone application; or by organizations as a multi-user software, through Microsoft Exchange Server or SharePoint, for such shared functions as mailboxes, calendars, folders, data aggregation (i.e., SharePoint lists), and appointment scheduling. Microsoft has also released apps for most mobile platforms, including iOS and Android. In addition, Windows Phone devices can synchronize almost all Outlook data to Outlook Mobile. Using Microsoft Visual Studio, developers can also create their own custom software that works with Outlook and Office components.In March 2020, Microsoft announced the launch of a series of new features to appeal to business customers of its Teams platform, in addition to the features introduced the previous month. The chat and collaboration module now includes more efficient and integrated waypoints, designed to simplify group work for organizations and encourage them to adopt the Microsoft platform and become the go-to company chat platform.