Those Outlook subscribers who are using the full-fledged app on a daily basis can attest that it certainly could do with some more polish and de-bloating. Presumably, Microsoft will leave the essentials like the e-mail client and Calendar integration, stripping unnecessary functions and simplifying the client’s options to only the most widely used features.
Microsoft has announced that its quick and lightweight version of Outlook, called Lite, is soon going to be available as an Outlook email client alternative for your dependable Android phone or tablet. The client is reportedly in the last phases of development and testing, and the intentions for Outlook Lite for Android are noted on Microsoft’s 365 roadmap. According to Microsoft, Outlook Lite’s key selling feature is that it is a “Android app that offers the main benefits of Outlook in a smaller app size with quick performance for low-end smartphones on any network.”
That’s the way Microsoft went with Skype Lite that many people prefer before the standard full-size version. Microsoft lists the general availability date for the Outlook Lite as July 2022, but it’s not clear if the app will launch as a beta trial option first, or the team from Redmond will directly issue the first stable version to the Play Store.
Last year, Microsoft removed the Outlook e-mail client app’s ability to sync calendars with the Facebook, Meetup, and Evernote services, while the app has other very useful functions like the ability to categorize events or contacts which will probably be transferred over to the Outlook Lite version as well.