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Microsoft Produces the Most Horrible Looking App to Launch Since Gingerbread With Their Outlook.com App

Microsoft recently relaunched Outlook.com a few months back and people have been raving about the web app ever since. It seems Microsoft was working on an Android Outlook app, but it’s obvious that they didn’t spend long. The app is in Google Play now, but I only suggest downloading it if you are looking for a blast back through Android’s past. You get the feeling you are running Froyo or Gingerbread once you log yourself in.

If this application looked only half as good as the web version of Outlook.com, it would look about 20 times better than it does now. If I used Outlook and was waiting for this to launch on Android, this might legitimately push me towards Gmail for good. But if you just have to have your Exchange email, the app is free for download in Google Play now.

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  • asdf

    >You get the feeling you are running Froyo or Gingerbread once you log yourself in.

    I am running Gingerbread

  • ang1dust

    I resent that, I’m on gingerbread and I love it

  • http://profiles.google.com/thelolotov Jacob Davis

    Oh wow. That’s horrible.

  • Morlok8k

    Microsofts Android apps seem to really suck! Xbox smartglass and halo waypoint both force close frequently and are difficult to navigate… they probably want you to buy a windows phone!

  • JohnPA2006

    Immediately after installing I began to projectile vomit. HORRIBLE APP

  • JohnPA2006

    FROYO FOR LIFE, YO !

  • Pseudonymphomaniac

    Bashing Microsoft is so 90s. This app isn’t great, but it’s not meant to be an “Android-style” app, it’s meant to be a “Windows 8-style” app that runs on Android.

  • Droidzilla

    I’m going to have to pee on my eyes to wash that image away. This is going to make for an awkward work day.

  • EC8CH

    Looks like Isis

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Another example of Microsoft shooting themselves in the foot.

  • Brian Rapp

    So what’s wrong with the “email” app that comes with android? That works great with my work outlook account.

  • http://about.me/afollestad Aidan Follestad

    Wtf, they don’t follow the guidelines (the TabHost that’s on the top is a deprecated view, replaced by ActionBar tabs, they don’t implement the action bar at all which is also why the legacy menu button is shown on the bottom right) or use Holo views at all >:-(

    Oh well, I use Gmail anyways.

  • zUFC

    I don’t get what it’s for? We use the native e-mail app for exchange accounts. Or at least I have on every phone i’ve had so far. Or is this something different? I don’t get it.

  • jnt

    It looks EXACTLY like their Hotmail app prior to this – just with blue accents instead of orange and a new name at the top… pretty weak. :(

  • sfuller345

    Looks just like their Hotmail app.

  • http://twitter.com/worseisyet2come Jason

    Why do people keep saying this is malware? Did it ever occur to people that Microsoft may have actually outsourced the development work to another company? As others have mentioned, this is identical to the official Hotmail app that Microsoft pushed months ago.

  • Stewie

    Keeping in line with win 8 “Metro” this is Android “Retro” …

  • MasterEthan

    Looks like the hotmail app, which is by the same developer “Microsoft + SEVEN”…

  • http://twitter.com/jdhas jdhas

    Hotmail works great in the AOSP email app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

    They need to take that garbage to ios

  • Chris

    Go home Microsoft… You’re Drunk!

  • Prime7

    Looks like Windows 8 to me.

  • ssjnimma

    it looks just like there “Hotmail” app… so what is the difference between the two? and why do they have both? hahahah…

  • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

    The publisher of this app is “Microsoft + SEVEN”, which leads me to believe that this is not an official Microsoft app. And it may even be malware…

    EDIT: THIS is an official microsoft app:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5taWNyb3NvZnQub2ZmaWNlLm9uZW5vdGUiXQ..

    notice the publisher: “Microsoft Corporation”, not “Microsoft + SEVEN”

    • duke69111

      That was the same thought I had when I saw that. Though it might actually be Microsoft if it’s not spam. The developer’s website is explore.live.com , which takes you to the Microsoft Windows site.

      • RW-1

        Plus no blatant spelling issues in the description …

    • http://twitter.com/GraffitiK GraffitiKnight

      SEVEN Networks was contracted by Microsoft to develop their Android apps for Hotmail and Outlook. Here’s the press release regarding the Hotmail app:

      http://www.seven.com/press_releases/2011/microsoft-selects-seven-networks.php

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        Looks like they should have contracted EIGHT.

      • J

        This. It’s clearly the work of SEVEN Networks, as this app LOOKS IDENTICAL TO THE HOTMAIL APP except for a blue instead of orange color scheme and a different main icon. And when I say Identical, I mean I-D-E-N-T-I-C-A-L.

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  • Kyle Miller

    Its the same as their Hotmail app,but with Outlook (lack of) colors. So its just right.

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    CONTENT RATING: High Maturity
    LOL

  • santy

    will this work for my work email on microsoft exchange

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    I encourage everyone to leave trolling reviews despite using out full names now. Tired of these lazy big name companies not paying attention to detail.

    • Sobr0801

      Check out the SkyDrive App, they did that one right.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    It seems you never saw their hotmail app

  • mcdonsco

    I don’t get it…why would you “need” a specific app for exchange email? I use MS Exchange services for my email cause its the cheapest one out there at $4/month for a 25gb exchange mailbox and its hosted by the creator or exchange, so I figure they know what they’re doing. But it requires no special app…what is the point here?

    I don’t get it.

    • NexusPhan69

      It’s malware. Not from Microsoft.

      • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

        lmfao no its not.

  • ssjnimma

    does not look all that different from there current app “Hotmail” that has been on the market for quite some time now… so I wonder why they have both? are they not the same thing??

  • droidify

    I must say that I actually think the app looks better than the not-metro windows 8

  • Danrarbc

    2009 called, they want their Android UI back.

    • michael arazan

      Microsoft must be so far in the future that they are working their way back up through the past!

  • philnolan3d

    I’ve seen better, but I’ve certainly seen a lot worse.

  • Billy Gates

    …..and then there are all of those great Google Apps for WP8…oh wait!

  • Respen

    It doesn’t look that bad to me, it could have gradient gem buttons.

  • ToddAwesome

    This crap looks like…..a crap I took recently.

  • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

    That crap looks like an app that I created while trying to teach myself Android development…

  • Dima Aryeh

    Are…… are you serious?

  • EricRees

    Full disclosure: Instantly uninstalled after writing this story.

    • Sobr0801

      The skydrive app is pretty sweet, and so is the smartglass app. This one is the red headed stepchild of the bunch.
      When I decided to switch from android to WP8, I switched all my services over to these app. This one was a pain to used. Now on WP8, everything is awesome.