Microsoft’s Outlook email becomes lighter on Android

Microsoft has just launched a new Outlook Lite app on Android. A lighter and less resource-intensive version for smartphones.

Microsoft launched a slimmed down version of its email client this week. called Outlook Lite, the application for Android offers the main features of Outlook in a smaller and faster version. It is aimed at entry-level devices and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store; at least in some countries. Indeed, Microsoft reserves its application to a handful of countries and France is not yet one of them.

This lite version of Outlook is coming first to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. Western Europe is not among the regions selected by the Redmond giant. However, Microsoft specifies that it is examining the possibility of offer Outlook Lite in other countries.

Not yet in France, but it is possible to install it

Even though it is not officially available in our country, it remains possible to discover the application by installing its APK file on his smartphone. You can notably retrieve it from our colleagues at 01net. An alert message may ask you to enable unknown sources or allow installation of unknown apps. For security reasons, we advise you to deactivate this option after installing the application.

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Android users are used to seeing lite versions of many applications. Meta was one of the first industry giants to offer Lite versions from Facebook or Messenger; followed by Google which has developed a whole range of light applications called “Go”. These releases are lighter and less resource intensive, occupying less space on the phone. It most often targets very affordable devices that have a modest configuration.

A lighter version, what for?

Outlook Lite meets these requirements with a weight of only 5 MB and optimization to work on all Android devices. Microsoft assures that this variant can run on models with only 1 GB of RAM. Once installed, the American firm claims that it “uses extremely low storage space on your phone”.

Microsoft Outlook Lite
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The application is also designed to use less resources and “save your battery”, as well as to work on 2G and 3G networks. Despite this approach, Outlook Lite claims a quite complete experience. It claims support for, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.

In the past, Microsoft had already tried the experiment by launching a Skype Lite application. It was specifically aimed at the Indian market by supporting eleven local Indian languages, in addition to English.

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