Microsoft has finally released Outlook Lite for Android devices, and from what we can tell, it performs quite well. From our understanding, Outlook Lite is not vastly different from the regular Outlook app for Android, but the differences are big enough to discuss.
As the name suggests, the Outlook Lite app is a version of the regular Outlook app that has a smaller footprint. It is designed for low and medium-range Android smartphones that have problems running the regular app.
At the moment, Outlook Lite is only available in selected countries, and they are as follows: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela.
If users can live without much of the features found in the regular Outlook app, then certainly they’ll find something to love about Outlook Lite, and we suspect Microsoft is counting on this.
Outlook Lite vs Outlook apps compared
Now, its time for us to talk more about Outlook Lite and how it compares to regular Outlook.
How to get Outlook Lite
To experience what Outlook Lite has to offer, you must first download the app to your Android smartphone of choice.
- All you have to do is open the Google Play Store.
- Search for Outlook Lite.
- Select it from the search results.
- Tap the Install button, then wait.
Alternatively, you could click on this link if you’re currently on a computer and install the app from there. And for those who do not live in the supported countries, you can download the Outlook Lite APK from unofficial sources, for example, APK Mirror.
Outlook Lite vs Outlook: Which is better?
The first thing you will realize about the Outlook app is the fact that it is smaller in size when compared to Outlook. The size is around 5MB, which is significantly smaller than the 88MB of the other version, and that’s a good thing. Furthermore, we understand that Outlook Lite has been optimized to run on devices with 1GB of RAM or less.
Not only that but Outlook Lite is expected to use less battery when compared to its bigger brother. Additionally, we should point out that just like Outlook, the Outlook Lite app supports Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN, Live, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Exchange Online accounts.
However, if you need services like Microsoft Exchange Server, GMail, Yahoo! Mail, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box, then you should avoid Outlook Lite and go for Outlook.
Overall, the Outlook Lite app is perfect for those who want to send and receive emails. So, even if you have the most powerful Android device available, we would still recommend it because, for most people, the regular Outlook app for Android is overrun with unwanted features that will never be used.
Is there an Outlook Lite app for Android?
It took a while, but Microsoft finally released Outlook Lite for Android devices. It sends and receives email messages just the same as the regular Outlook app, but it separates itself by being smaller, faster, and with fewer features.
Does Outlook work on Android 6?
At the time of writing, the Outlook app for Android will work on at least version 5 and above of the popular mobile operating system.
Is Microsoft Outlook for Android free?
Outlook on Android is free to download and free to use. But as one might expect, a paid internet connection is required for everything to work accordingly as Microsoft does not provide the actual data.
Can I use Outlook without a subscription?
Yes, it is possible to use Outlook without a subscription. However, if you want Outlook which is part of the Office 365 suite, then you’re out of luck because that version is not available without spending some money.
Can I still use Microsoft Office after the subscription expires?
After the expiration of the subscription, Microsoft will require you to re-subscribe to continue using it. The company might give you a few days after the expiration date to get things in order, but once the deadline is not met, then you won’t be able to fully take advantage of what each Office tool has to offer.