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Microsoft Updates Outlook.com App for Android, No Longer the Worst Looking App of the Last Year

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Back in November, Microsoft released an official Outlook.com app for Android that was, to put it simply, a terrible design. It brought back painful memories of Gingerbread with tabs, a dark theme, and nothing that reminded us of Microsoft’s other beautifully designed apps. No one used it – we all laughed at it. But today, a new update has been released that brings the app into line with apps like Xbox Smartglass. It also matches the design you’ll see in most of Microsoft’s current Windows products, which is a design language we have always been fans of.

There aren’t many new features, but Microsoft did add in¬†conversation threading, filters for unread and flagged mail, and the ability to mark messages as junk. So if you are an Outlook.com user, go pick up the new goodness.

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Via:  Outlook Blog

  • bodotdot

    Is this version of Outlook.com strictly an email app, or is there a calendar function I’m not seeing? I’ve put in on my Nexus 7, but all I see is email. I’d like to be able to access the Outlook 2007 calendar from my desktop on my N7. Is this possible at all on a Google device?

  • Willywonka15

    Unfortunately you can not pinch shrink to fit screen as you can with the Hotmail app.

  • jnt

    The next build is supposed to allow booting straight to desktop mode, just FWIW.

  • Sobr0801

    Do have to agree with you.

  • Sobr0801

    Windows 8 looks great. I don’t know if you have ever used it, but I love it. I know plenty of people that where turned off at first but after actually using it love the look and feel. Windows Blue, or 8.1 seems to be another step forward when it will be released. If you don’t like it, go use Chrome or Apple, plenty of options out there.

    • mustbepbs

      I actually use it every day on my home computer and my work computer. I do PC repair for a living and I know from all (no exaggeration) of my customers that a lot of people are not happy with it. I get calls almost every day about people wanting to downgrade.

  • sonicyoof

    The stock email app (ICS+) works great with Hotmail using the “Exchange” method. Not sure why more people don’t use that.

    • michael arazan

      That’s what I’ve always used for my hotmail account, the stock email app you can assign any email too, works perfectly.

  • Guest

    Icon does not show number of unread messages either. It still shows 0 (at least when using my Hotmail account).

    • UK_Lawyer

      Oh dear. This is actually an O for Outlook, it is not meant to be a number.

  • Doug8307

    Aye yi yi, this needs work.

    The sender’s name is way too big and there’s no way to adjust the font size, and it seems sluggish to open the actual email.

  • mmoreimi

    Is there a tablet UI for this?

  • mmoreimi

    Anyone know if it will support 2 Hotmail addresses?
    Parents are “sharing” Asus Transformer Pad and will be using it for overseas travel. Using the STOCK email app, the system would only allow one of their hotmail accounts but not both. Would be nice to stop using stock email app, load this for them,use with 2 different accounts. Anyone? thanks!

  • W. Paul Schenck

    why spend all the phone resources on this app when the mobile browser version looks as good?

  • Kevin

    Kellen, did you know you gave away your last name?

  • eilegz

    push emails its great hopefully google realize it and bring back Active Sync

  • Sinistar83

    Looks like the official hotmail app had an update and when I updated it the app it prompted me to download the outlook app anyways lol

  • No thanks, I’d rather not have any Metro crap on my phone.

    • Sobr0801

      Good for you.

  • fish1552

    I’d just be happy to get an email client that displays more than about 20 messages. All the ones so far only seem to load 20, then won’t load anything else below that.

  • xxdesmus

    Does it use IMAP or POP? Probably IMAP I assume/hope.

    • eilegz

      use active sync so push emails from outlook and hotmail at least

  • Guest

    Sure they are – in the next iteration they’re letting you boot straight to desktop mode and bringing back the start button. Those are the biggest complaints I’ve heard about, and they’re fixing them.

    • Cowboydroid

      This is what they always do. They try to come out with crap, and they have to let their users tell them how to do things right. That’s not how a software company should do things.

  • ddevito

    “great design guideline”

    you must be joking

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Okay, “great design guidelines.” But if you don’t think they’re good, then that’s your opinion, doesn’t make it a joke.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Completely agree with you.

      What design? Seriously, this is the most lackluster app I have seen. While it isn’t ugly, there is nothing to it. A blue bar, some text here and there and then WHITE WHITE WHITE.

      This app does follow the guidelines of bleak, boring apps.

    • Cowboydroid

      It’s freaking hideous. Even the font is hideous, and looks unfinished.

  • Mahercs

    Is anyone else having issues with the Play Store not loading on a desktop? I can get to it on my phone, but not from any computer, even using various browswers???

    • John

      Works fine here

  • Br_d

    No widget? I guess I’ll keep using the native “Email” app.