Microsoft offers Outlook Lite, a new application for Android devices. As the name suggests, it’s a slimmed down version of the original app that lets you check your emails.
Outlook Lite weighs just 5MB and Microsoft assures that the app uses very little storage on smartphones. The group also claims that the app is fast and works on all Android smartphones that have at least 1 GB of RAM. Suffice to say that this should concern almost all models. Also, the energy consumption is light, which should be good for autonomy. Last point, it is possible to use it with all mobile networks. Microsoft mentions in particular the use of 2G or 3G.
Like other lite apps out there, Outlook Lite is mostly aimed at entry-level smartphones that aren’t powerful. Initially, the application is available in 14 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. The group says it will consider adding more countries in the future.
Meta was one of the first big tech companies to create a lite version of its original Facebook app for Android. Facebook Lite appeared in 2015 as a just 1MB app aimed directly at developing countries. Google followed with its Go line of lightweight Android apps, including Gmail Go in 2018.
Microsoft announces the launch of Outlook Lite to make its e-mail application “more accessible to lightweight mobile device users around the world”.