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Microsoft’s New Outlook App Is Designed For Entry-Level Android Devices

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Microsoft’s new Outlook app is designed for Android devices with low resources, but it does work on the most powerful smartphones as well.

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Outlook app for Android which is designed to work on devices with low resources. A lot of Android smartphones, especially those running Android Go, have entry-level specs and features that can make using some apps and services a frustrating experience. To mitigate the problem, some developers have come up with lite versions of their apps that work smoothly with limited resources.

The average lite app is smaller in size, so it doesn’t take up as much space and doesn’t need as much memory as the main app. They are also designed to work on slow networks, albeit with a few caveats such as lower resolution images and videos. Most lite apps also lack certain features that are available on the main app.

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The new app is called Outlook Lite and it will exist along the main Outlook app. However, the new app is targeted at users with low-powered Android devices. Outlook Lite will work on Android phones with as low as 1GB RAM, according to Microsoft. It requires less phone resources and thus doesn’t take a toll on battery life. It is also designed to work well on 2G and 3G networks across the globe. Despite being just 5MB in size, in comparison to the main Outlook Android app that’s 55MB, Microsoft has been able to keep most of the main features such as emails, calendar, and contacts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support other email clients like Google and Yahoo.


Outlook Lite Is Not Available In The US


The Microsoft Outlook Lite app is available in select regions

Microsoft has already released the Outlook Lite app and it can be downloaded on the Google Play Store. However, not everyone will be able to install it as the app is only available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela. This means that the app is currently unavailable in North America, the UK, and the EU. Microsoft says that it plans to add more countries in the near future but there is no timeline for when that will happen.

Microsoft’s decision to launch a lite app comes as a surprise considering Google is sunsetting its own lite apps designed for low-resource Android devices. A few months ago, it announced the YouTube Go app will no longer be available starting this August. Of course, Microsoft‘s app isn’t the only lite app out there, as Twitter Lite, Facebook Lite, and Instagram Lite are all still available and working.


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Source: Microsoft

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