Microsoft is rolling out its Outlook Lite for low-end Android devices

In early July, Microsoft officials said they were preparing a smaller, faster “Outlook Lite” app for low-end Android devices. On August 1, Microsoft began rolling out Outlook Lite in a number of countries. The app is available for free download from the Google Play Store.

“Outlook Lite brings the core features of Microsoft Outlook into a small application with fast performance for lightweight devices on any network,” including 2G and 3G networks, officials reaffirmed this week.

The Lite app includes access to email, calendar, and contacts and its download size is around 5MB. It’s optimized to run fast on all Android devices, including those with just one. GB of RAM, and it is supposed to consume less battery than normal Outlook. Outlook Lite currently supports, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.

Not in France for the moment

Microsoft plans to add support for third-party accounts and multiple accounts “in the future,” officials said. Outlook Lite does not support Android Work Profile and Mobile Application Management (MAM) for business accounts. Therefore, Microsoft recommends that business users who require these features continue to use the existing Outlook mobile client for Android rather than the Lite version.

As of August 1, the app is only available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, in Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. Officials said they would consider adding support for other countries in the future.

Some company watchers said that Microsoft already has an Outlook Lite app on the market in a number of countries. I asked Microsoft if the app coming out this week is an update to something that was already available. No response yet.

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