Microsoft is working on a smaller and faster Outlook Lite app for Android. The software giant previously detailed the app in its Microsoft 365 roadmap, describing Outlook Lite as “an Android app that brings the key benefits of Outlook at a smaller code size and provides low-cost access on the web. An entry-level device that delivers fast performance.”
The roadmap shows that the Outlook Lite app will roll out globally sometime this month. ZDNet reports that the Outlook Lite app already exists in some countries, so Microsoft appears to be gearing up for a wider launch. According to Microsoft’s documentation on Outlook Lite, the app will be limited to Outlook, Hotmail, Live and MSN accounts, and will not support corporate/institutional accounts at work or school.
Meta was one of the first big tech companies to create a slimmed-down version of its original Facebook Android app. Facebook Lite appeared in 2015 as a 1MB app when it first launched, targeting developing markets only. Google then launched the “Go” series of lightweight Android apps, including Gmail Go in 2018.
Outlook Mobile is one of the most popular email apps on Android with over 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store, making it the #1 choice on Android.
Microsoft is also testing a new Outlook for Windows app. This new application is being tested and is a web-based Outlook. In the next few years, it will eventually replace the Outlook for Windows application.
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