Last month, Microsoft announced its plans to offer a new Outlook Lite app on Android. Fast forward a month and the company is now rolling out that smaller and lighter version of its popular email client. Microsoft says the app is smaller, more resource efficient, faster, and takes less battery.
On top of that, the company adds Outlook Lite maintains the core functionality of the main app. After all that, you may be wondering what's the point of the old Outlook? I'll get to that, but first, let's look at this new Outlook Lite and what it is all about.
Android's open nature and position as the most popular/used OS in the world means it has millions of users on budget devices. In fact, the majority of Android users are on low-end or low-specification smartphones.
While Outlook is not the most intensive application, it can take a load on those lower-end devices. Outlook Lite is the answer and the app weighs just 5MB to download. Microsoft says it “uses extremely low storage on your phone.”
In fact, it is specifically designed to run on Android devices of all power capabilities, including those with just 1GB of RAM. Also, it will work on lower band mobile networks, such as 3G and even 2G.
So, is this a real alternative to the main Outlook client even for users with powerful devices in strong network areas? Yes, but probably not. The speed of the main client and its general efficiency will shine through in those circumstances. It is also worth noting while the core features of Outlook are on the Lite app, more pro-level tools are not.
Either way, if you are in an emerging market, Outlook Lite is worth checking it out. Microsoft says the app is available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela.
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