Microsoft has announced the launch of Outlook Lite in select markets. As the name suggests, this is the “lite” version of the main application, designed for budget smartphones. This means that phones with low RAM and storage configurations can run the lite app, although some features included in the main app may be missing. Microsoft claims that the app even works with Android smartphones with 1GB of RAM. Users should note that the app is not available on iPhones, like the lite version of several apps like Facebook Lite and Instagram Lite.
The application could benefit a multitude of users, as many desktop and enterprise customers opt for services from Microsoft or Google. Currently, the lite app is available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and in Venezuela. Microsoft says it will roll out to other markets later. In terms of functionality:
–Outlook Lite has the basic Outlook experience, including access to email, calendar, contacts, and more.
— The Outlook Lite app has a download size of around 5MB and uses extremely low storage space on your phone.
–It is optimized to run fast on all Android devices, including devices with 1GB RAM.
–The app uses less phone resources which could save battery life.
–Outlook Lite works with all networks, including 2G and 3G networks worldwide.
In terms of design, Outlook Lite is almost like the main Outlook app for Android and iOS. It gives direct access to email and calendar in the bottom tray alongside people. Email search and filter buttons have been pushed to the top left. Lite app users can sign in with their Hotmail, Live, MSN, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.
Microsoft says Outlook Lite will enable users who use lightweight mobile devices across the world.