Play My Emails for Outlook for iOS

If you have an iPhone, there’s a cool new feature in Outlook that will read your emails to you if you want to have a hands-free experience or catch up while you’re commuting. Yeah, I realize that not a lot of people are commuting these days, but play along with me here… It’s called Play My Emails, and here’s how it works…

When you go into Outlook for the first time when this feature hits your application, you’ll see the blue Play My Emails banner. Click on it to go through the setup process:

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AM 
Inbox 
Focused Other 
Yesterday 
Last Week 
Play My Emails 
Catch up and plan ahead 
Filter

You get the banner screen to start walking you through the setup:

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m L AT&T 
AM 
Play My Emails 
Listen & interact With emails on the go 
Let Cortana tum On speech recognition for voice- 
enabled egg•eriences. 
Cancel 
Continue

It lets you know that the Hey Cortana feature on your iPhone needs to be turned on, and it will need access to your microphone:

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m L AT&T 
AM 
Play My Emails 
Listen & interact with emails on the go 
Turn on "Hey Cortana" 
To enable voice commands like nag, 
reply or dekte, Outlook needs access 
to your microphone. 
Not Now 
OK 
Cancel 
Continue

Outlook also needs access to your microphone:

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ATM e 
9:16 AM 
Play My Emails 
Listen & interact with emails on the go 
"Outlook" Would Like to 
Access the Microphone 
To enable voice commands like nag, 
reply or delete, Outlook needs access 
to your micrc•phone. 
Don't Allow 
OK 
Cancel 
Continue

That’s it! Now you can listen to your emails, either through the iPhone speaker, or through a bluetooth speaker in your car or other location:

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m L AT&T 
Done 
AM 
You're All Set 
Connect to bluet00th or any audio 
device to get started 
Try Now

And of course, we’d be remiss in not warning against distracted driving and holding your iPhone when you’re using this feature. Please become familiar with the voice commands to keep within the laws of your particular area:

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Inbox 
Focused Other 
Yesterday 
AM 
Filter 
Last 
Safety First 
caution when listening to emails 
while doing things that require 
urWivided attention. Touching your 
device while driving is not 
recommended and may be prohibited 
community. 
Got it

At this point, Cortana sees I have one email and it will start the process of reading it to me:

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x 
9:19 AM 
1 New Email 
1 minute

It shows me who the email is from, as well as the first few words. It will mark the email as complete once it’s read to me:

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x 
9:19 AM 
Duff, Thomas 
This is a new email that will 
be read to me via Cortana... 
Voice activation disabled

At the end of the email, it’ll give you a chance to use voice commands to do things such as respond to the email via voice, or to mark it as unread so you can easily see it once you get to a point where you can focus on a response:

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x 
9:20 AM 
Try saying ... 
"Send a reply" 
'Mark it unread"

This isn’t something you’d likely use to handle all your emails on a regular basis, but it can be a lifesaver if you spend a lot of time on the road and you want to stay current with your emails.

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