Microsoft is making Outlook Lite available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela. Outlook Lite will support Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts. Outlook Lite supports all of the main Outlook features. Image: Microsoft. 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 just a 1MB app, aimed directly at developing markets. Google followed with its line of “Go” lightweight Android apps, including Gmail Go in 2018.
This week, Microsoft is introducing a new Outlook Lite software for Android that is quicker and smaller. The key functions of the standard Microsoft Outlook mobile app are still included in the lightweight version of Outlook, which is made to run more quickly and consume less battery power. Outlook Lite has a download size of about 5MB and, according to Microsoft, “requires extremely low storage on your phone.” All Android smartphones, including those with only 1GB of RAM, may use it rapidly because it has been designed for them. It uses fewer phone resources and should conserve battery life because it is a little lighter. Most importantly, it is made to function smoothly across all mobile networks, including the widespread use of 2G and 3G.
Microsoft says it’s introducing Outlook Lite to make its mobile email app “more accessible to users who are on lightweight mobile devices across the world,” according to Pradeep Elavarasan, senior product manager at Microsoft. Microsoft also continues to test a new Outlook for Windows app. The new app is in testing and is based on Outlook on the web. It will eventually replace the Outlook for Windows app in the years ahead.