Outlook.com updates Android app

By Kip Kniskern | Posted April 16, 2013 24 comments

Another day, another updated app coming from Microsoft.  This could get exciting if it keeps up!  This time, it’s a newly updated Android app for Outlook.com, an app that Program Manager Steve Kafka admits “has been behind” in his blog post on the Outlook blog detailing the new app.

Along with an updated look and feel with an overhauled user interface:

outlook android

.. the new app provides “the same great Outlook.com look and feel you’ve come to love on Windows 8 and the web on your Android device”, according to the blog post.

Also included in the new app are a number of new features, including conversation threading, filters for unread and flagged mail, and being able to mark messages as junk.

The new app uses its own Exchange Active Sync stack to provide a consistent experience across all Android devices, which can “vary significantly”:

We believe that the best mobile experience is enabled through Exchange ActiveSync–which provides a rich, powerful, network-optimized experience for Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile devices. However, native support for Exchange ActiveSync on Android devices varies significantly and so we build a separate app to ensure as many people as possible can have a great Outlook.com experience across all their devices.

You can get the app from Google Play, which lists some more features:

This official Microsoft Outlook.com app gives you easy access to Oulook.com so you never miss an email. Send and receive emails in your Outlook.com account on the go from your Android device. Sign in using your existing Microsoft account, usually your Outlook.com email address and password.

Key features include:
– Get email messages right away with push notifications
– Sync with your calendar and device contacts
– View and sync standard and custom folders, including sub-folders
– Send, receive, and view photos and other attachments
– Use with multiple Outlook.com accounts

Tip: to view your Sent, Junk, Trash or custom folders, from the app menu select Account Settings, Folders’ and then Refresh folders. Then select from the list which folders you would like to sync to receive updates.

You can also choose to truncate messages to display headers only or the entire message up to 100KB.

Android versions supported: 2.1 – 2.3.3 and 4.0 – 4.1

We’re a little short on Android devices here to test it out, if you haven’t moved up to Windows Phone yet, give it a try and let us know what you think Smile

Posted April 16th, 2013 at 8:45 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Android, Apps, Outlook.com
  • Alex Gillespie

    It would be better if it worked. I can’t get in, because it won’t authenticate my account, even after I changed my password to fit the new requirements.

  • Alex Gillespie

    It would be better if it worked. I can’t get in, because it won’t authenticate my account, even after I changed my password to fit the new requirements.

  • dearestleader

    Tried the app on a Samsung Note 2 and it works fine. The UI is clean and it appears to work well.

    • Alex Gillespie

      All I can say is I checked the reviews on the Play Store, sorted by newest, and the dozen or so newest all say it doesn’t work. Which wouldn’t be such a problem, but the Hotmail app seems to have been taken down in favor of the Outlook app.

  • dearestleader

    Tried the app on a Samsung Note 2 and it works fine. The UI is clean and it appears to work well.

    • Alex Gillespie

      All I can say is I checked the reviews on the Play Store, sorted by newest, and the dozen or so newest all say it doesn’t work. Which wouldn’t be such a problem, but the Hotmail app seems to have been taken down in favor of the Outlook app.

  • jvd897

    Funnily enough, I just searched the Play Store last night looking for a Windows-Phone-style email app! This new version is awesome. Fast and fluid.

  • jvd897

    Funnily enough, I just searched the Play Store last night looking for a Windows-Phone-style email app! This new version is awesome. Fast and fluid.

  • http://twitter.com/stefanfo Stefan Nordendal

    I like the app, looks fluid and good for the eyes.. I’m on a small Xperia X-8 phone, and I’d like the senders name to be less dominant on my screen. Also I think its not as easy to spot a new email vs an old email at a glance, because the only difference is the subject being bold or not.

    • jvd897

      Agreed re: size of sender’s name. (I’m using a small-ish phone too.) It would also be nice if there was an option to hide the message preview.

    • jvd897

      Another thing: it seems like the subject lines for unread messages show up in blue (as opposed to grey for read messages). At least that’s how it looks on my end.

  • Stefanfo

    I like the app, looks fluid and good for the eyes.. I’m on a small Xperia X-8 phone, and I’d like the senders name to be less dominant on my screen. Also I think its not as easy to spot a new email vs an old email at a glance, because the only difference is the subject being bold or not.

    • jvd897

      Agreed re: size of sender’s name. (I’m using a small-ish phone too.) It would also be nice if there was an option to hide the message preview.

    • jvd897

      Another thing: it seems like the subject lines for unread messages show up in blue (as opposed to grey for read messages). At least that’s how it looks on my end.

  • Simen Mangseth

    Looks too much like Windows Phone…

  • Simen Mangseth

    Looks too much like Windows Phone…

  • Adrian Waters

    After much searching, I give up. How do I use this Android app with multiple accounts?

    • jvd897

      From the inbox screen, press the left-pointing chevron at the top left corner (near the Outlook icon) to see the list of folders for the current account. Then press the “up” chevron at the top of the folder list to see the list of your accounts, and there will be an option to add an account.

  • Adrian Waters

    After much searching, I give up. How do I use this Android app with multiple accounts?

    • jvd897

      From the inbox screen, press the left-pointing chevron at the top left corner (near the Outlook icon) to see the list of folders for the current account. Then press the “up” chevron at the top of the folder list to see the list of your accounts, and there will be an option to add an account.

  • Harsh Shah

    It’s not working for me at all.. Always says “Authentication Failed” the change log says that it works only for android 2.3 onwards. .i hope they make it available for Android 2.2

  • Harsh Shah

    It’s not working for me at all.. Always says “Authentication Failed” the change log says that it works only for android 2.3 onwards. .i hope they make it available for Android 2.2

  • Raúl Bajo Sanz

    It doesn’t work on my phone either (Sony XPERIA neo V) when I’m connected through 3G network. It only works via wifi.

  • Raúl Bajo Sanz

    It doesn’t work on my phone either (Sony XPERIA neo V) when I’m connected through 3G network. It only works via wifi.