Outlook Lite is currently accessible for Android users in 14 nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela.
When compared to the standard Outlook program, which is over 80MB in size, the TechCrunch reports (Opens in a new window) app is impressively small at less than 5MB. According to the, Outlook Lite provides access to emails, calendars, and contacts and is compatible with Outlook, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Exchange Online email accounts (it also contains ads).
Although it hasn’t been formally announced yet, it’s anticipated by many that Microsoft will permit more nations to begin using Outlook Lite soon, ideally before the end of August.
Original Story (7/4): Later this month, Microsoft is anticipated to release an Outlook Lite app for Android, targeting low-end handsets all across the world.
On June 30, the Microsoft 365 Roadmap (Opens in a new window) was updated to include “Outlook: Outlook Lite for Android” as ZDNet reports (Opens in a new window) , with “July 2022” specified as the General Availability date. “An Android app that delivers the key benefits of Outlook in a reduced app size with fast performance for low-end smartphones on any network,” is the app’s brief description.
Microsoft has always provided an, but this appears to be a condensed version that will make its email client accessible to a larger user base. The fact that it is available everywhere and that “any network” is mentioned means Microsoft sees an opportunity to gain market share in underdeveloped nations and places where 5G, and potentially even 4G, aren’t an option.
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In reality, Outlook Lite is not new. Microsoft has been providing a lightweight version of Outlook in a few nations before, but it was only compatible with personal accounts and could not be used for work or education. These restrictions may be removed in the upcoming version of Outlook Lite, which may end up being a better choice even for those with quick 5G connections and high-end smartphones.
If this seems familiar, it’s probably because Facebook carried out a similar action a while back. The social network introduced a Facebook Lite version for developing markets back in 2015. Then, in 2018, Facebook allowed US users to download the Lite app after realizing that developed nations also experience slow connections. However, it’s no longer accessible via Google Play. Hope Outlook Lite does better than this.
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