Microsoft is releasing a new smaller and faster Outlook Lite app for Android this week. The lightweight version of Outlook is designed to have a smaller app size, faster performance, and lower battery usage, all with the core features of the regular Microsoft Outlook mobile app.
Outlook Lite has a download size of about 5 MB, and Microsoft says: it “uses extremely little storage space on your phone.” It is optimized to run fast on all Android devices and even on devices with only 1 GB of RAM. Being slightly lighter, it uses less phone resources and should save battery consumption. Most importantly, it is designed to work well on all mobile networks, including 2G and 3G networks that are still used in many countries around the world.
Microsoft is making Outlook Lite available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela. Outlook Lite supports: Outlook.comHotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.
Meta was one of the first major tech companies to create a slimmed-down version of its original Facebook Android app. Facebook Lite appeared in 2015 as just a 1MB app, aimed directly at emerging markets. Google followed suit with its line of “Go” lightweight Android apps, including Gmail Go in 2018.
Microsoft says it is introducing Outlook Lite to make its mobile email app “more accessible to users working on lightweight mobile devices around the world,” said Pradeep Elavarasan, senior product manager at Microsoft.
Microsoft also continues to test a new Outlook for Windows app. The new app is being tested and is based on Outlook on the web. It will eventually replace the Outlook for Windows app in the coming years.