Budget phones can now use Microsoft’s email client thanks to Outlook Lite for Android

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That lower data, storage and battery impact is, of course, the point. And Microsoft isn’t alone: pared down, lightweight apps serve a huge market of users with budget devices on older networks. That’s why Google offers Android Go, a pared down version of the mobile OS designed specifically for lower-end phones, and why Meta has put so much effort into building small, but feature-rich versions of its Instagram and Facebook apps. You can find lightweight apps for Twitter, Tiktok and even Tinder.

Outlook Lite for Android, a condensed version of Microsoft’s email service created to utilise less energy and storage space than the original Outlook app without compromising functionality or performance, was quietly launched and disclosed by the firm. In particular, Microsoft claims that Outlook Lite has all the essential components of the Outlook experience conveniently crammed into a 5MB programme that is speed-optimized, even on older Android devices. According to the developer, the app was built to function quickly on devices with as little as 1GB of RAM, consume less battery life than the full programme, and provide solid performance on 2G and 3G networks that are more than a decade old.

Highlights

  • Like most lightweight apps, this one has its caveats. Microsoft’s new mail app doesn’t cut any major features to earn its ‘lite’ moniker, but it won’t work with as many email providers as the primary Outlook app. At present, Outlook Lite is only compatible with Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts. Likewise, the app is also only available in select countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela — though Microsoft says it may add support for more locations in the future.

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