Microsoft is working on a smaller and faster Outlook Lite app for Android. The software giant detailed the app in a file Microsoft 365 Roadmapdescribing Outlook Lite as an “Android app that brings the main benefits of Outlook in a smaller application size with fast performance for low-end devices on any network.”
The roadmap reveals that Outlook Lite will be available worldwide sometime this month. ZDNet Reports Outlook Lite is already available in a few countries, so it looks like Microsoft is preparing to release it on a larger scale. Microsoft’s own documentation In Outlook Lite, the app will be limited to Outlook, Hotmail, Live and MSN accounts only, and will not support work or school accounts.
Meta was one of the first major tech companies to create a mini version of the original Facebook Android app. Facebook Lite appeared in 2015 as a 1MB app, aimed directly at developing the markets. Google followed through with its line of lightweight “Go” Android apps, including Gmail Go in 2018.
Outlook mobile is one of the most popular email apps on Android, with over 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store. the edge Recommend Outlook as the best email app for iOS, and a better choice on Android.
Microsoft is also testing a new Outlook for Windows app. The new app is in testing, and is based on Outlook on the web. It will eventually replace Outlook for Windows in the coming years.