Microsoft has announced the release of a simplified version of the Outlook email application called Outlook Lite for the Android operating system.
The lightweight version of the app is designed to have a smaller size, faster performance, and lower battery usage, all while including the core features of the standard Microsoft Outlook mobile app.
Outlook Lite is only about 5MB in size, and the company says it “uses very low storage space on your phone”.
The app is optimized to run quickly on all Android devices, even those with only 1GB of RAM.
Because it is more lightweight, it uses less phone resources and should save battery usage.
Most importantly, it is designed to work well across all mobile networks, including 2G and 3G networks that are still used in many countries around the world.
Outlook Lite is currently available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela.
Outlook Lite will support Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.
Meta (formerly Facebook) was one of the first major tech companies to create a lite version of its original Facebook Android app.
Facebook Lite appeared in 2015 as a 1MB app, aimed directly at developing markets.
Then Google released several light Android apps under the name “Go”, including the Gmail Go app in 2018.
Microsoft is also continuing to test the new Outlook for Windows app.
The new app is in testing and is based on Outlook on the web, and will eventually replace Outlook for Windows in the coming years.