Microsoft launches official Outlook for Android app

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Some of us have had to wait the best part of three months but Microsoft has announced that its new Outlook for Android app is now available to download from the Google Play Store.

Having originally launched a preview version of the app back in January, at the same time it launched Outlook on iOS, Android users have had to wait until to get access to the full version.

If the new Outlook for Android app looks a little familiar, then that’s because the app is pretty much a rebranded version of the popular email app Accompli, which Microsoft bought in December 2014.

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Since the preview version was released in January, Outlook for Android has been updated 17 times, Microsoft said earlier this week, which includes making improvements to the overall look of the app, which is much improved from the original preview, as well as adding numerous under the hood fixes.

The new Android Outlook app supports Microsofts inhouse programs and apps such as Office 365 and Outlook.com but can also be used with Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud, as well as other IMAP email addresses.

Outlook for Android can be downloaded on devices running Android 4.0 and above and is also available in more than 30 different languages: English, Norwegian (Bokmål), Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

The release of the new Outlook apps on both Android and iOS shows Microsoft’s continued change in direction with regards issuing new software/apps and releasing updates outside of the Windows ecosystem.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently said the company had undertaken a “mobile-first, cloud-first” policy in order to allow Microsoft products to remain relevant on competing platforms rather than being tied to Windows, or more specifically Windows Phone, which only has a very small market share compared to Android and iOS.

Source: Outlook Team

 

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