Microsoft is launching Outlook Lite, a new version of the Outlook app designed for lightweight Android mobile devices deployed in an organization.
According to Microsoft, Outlook Lite brings the key features of the company’s email and calendar solution (intelligent email, spam protection, calendar organizer and contacts) in a smaller-sized app that enables fast performances of lightweight devices on any network.
While just about 5 MB in download size, the app has the core experience of Outlook, including emails, calendar, contacts and more. The app is optimized to run fast on all Android devices, including devices with 1GB of RAM, Microsoft says.
The app is also designed to consume less battery life and work on all networks, including 2G and 3G networks. Email providers supported include Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.
Although small, the Outlook Lite app has many of the same features of the full Outlook app, including automatic inbox management that displays the most important messages first with swipe gestures and smart filters, suggested replies, and security controls to protect against email-based threats.
Although available now only in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela, the company will review adding support for other countries in the future.
The Outlook Lite solution can also help organizations save on deployments of mobile devices and keep older phones and tablets that can’t run the full Outlook client in use.
Microsoft is also testing a new version of Outlook for Windows with Office Insiders that includes new intelligent features, a calendar board that centralizes email calendar and To Do in the same view, as well as Microsoft Loop components that enable users to collaborate across Outlook and Teams.