Microsoft updates Outlook.com Android app with new features

Microsoft released its last update for its Android Outlook.com app in May and today the company has released another update for the software via Google Play. The update contains a number of new features that have previously been made available for Windows 8 and desktop users but are now supported from within the Android app.

The Outlook blog states that one of the changes in the app allows users to download all of their Outlook.com emails to their Android device, no matter how old those emails are. Another change allows app users to search for emails on their account, even if they are not actually stored on their phones, via a server-side connection. Both of these changes should make it easier for Android device owners to manage their Outlook.com messages.

The Android app can now let users send emails from any of their Outlook.com aliases for the first time. Earlier this week it was revealed that Outlook.com has recently put in support for + aliases. The update can also allow for people to set their vacation email replies from within the app. Finally, the Android app now allows users to customize its colors, with a choice of 11 different selections.

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meanwhile android neglects both windows and windows phone, as msft neglects its own platform. I can't wait for ballmer to go.

neonspark said,
meanwhile android neglects both windows and windows phone, as msft neglects its own platform. I can't wait for ballmer to go.

How exactly is Microsoft neglecting its own platform?

Microsoft is simply putting its apps on all platforms, as any smart company would do.

Don't you mean Google neglects both Windows and Windows Phone lol........ DERP

I hate comments like this. It's not like you know their team's every motive. To say they are neglecting their own platforms is like sitting in their office saying they're doing nothing. They are obviously doing stuff but targeting bigger audiences first. They can't update Outlook in WP8 until GDR3 and 8.1 comes out.

Toysoldier said,

How exactly is Microsoft neglecting its own platform?

Microsoft is simply putting its apps on all platforms, as any smart company would do.

Don't you mean Google neglects both Windows and Windows Phone lol........ DERP

Well they put features into Android that are not availalble for their own product on Windows phone. How about giving the inhouse plattforms the best expierience in order to make people switch. Or do they want to keep their Operation systems on the market and are going for office only

Like what though?

The Outlook blog states that one of the changes in the app allows users to download all of their Outlook.com emails to their Android device, no matter how old those emails are. Another change allows app users to search for emails on their account, even if they are not actually stored on their phones, via a server-side connection.

I can already download all emails with my WP mail app (or choose how old I want emails to be synced), and if I have MS exchange account set up I can search the server (though I can't for Hotmail/Outlook).

neonspark said,
meanwhile android neglects both windows and windows phone, as msft neglects its own platform. I can't wait for ballmer to go.

This is a big boon! I'm switching from Windows Phone 8 to Android and I'm so damn happy that I can use Outlook, Skydrive and OneNote exactly the way I was using it on WP8. I'm sticking with MS irrespective of what device I use. I love how the experience on any device remains the same. Believe me its a pain when I was using that pos iCloud and Google crap services.

-adrian- said,

Well they put features into Android that are not availalble for their own product on Windows phone. How about giving the inhouse plattforms the best expierience in order to make people switch. Or do they want to keep their Operation systems on the market and are going for office only

The only feature that's missing in the WP8 version are the colours. Microsoft simply brought the Android version of Outlook up to par with the WP8 version. And there's nothing wrong with that.

This is starting to look better than the built-in mail app in WP. MS needs to work on the WP mail app and add support for the advanced functions for Outlook.com. Otherwise it's not bad, but could use some general love.

I don't know about aliases because I don't use them but there's not a single feature on that list that doesn't already exist in the WP mail app.

Let's do a quick comparison:

-Server-side search: available in WP8
-Download all mail: available in WP8 (as "download anytime")
-Support for Aliases: not available in WP8 but not necessary as you can add another Outlook account and send mail from there
-New colours: not available in WP8
-Vacation replies: available in WP8 (as "automatic replies")

jakem1 said,
You can switch between black and white backgrounds in WP8

Not in mail app you can't. Whatever theme you select, mail app is always white.

Edit: My bad, you CAN select the dark theme. However compose screen is always white.

So glad for this, mostly because the app now syncs over 3G/4G...the stupid requirement of wifi is gone!

And it loads pictures automatically now too; pretty colours!

Now just add my archive funtion like the desktop can.

testman said,
Wifi for what? It's always synced over 3G/4G. It's working for me and has done since it was first launched.

Contacts and calendar would. However emails would refuse to sync until connected to WiFi.

It didn't work for me... I tried to send email but it got stuck in outbox and stayed there ... The new update that I got today... it works now.