Outlook.com Android app gets major redesign with latest update

There's some good news coming out of Microsoft for folks that use Outlook.com but have an Android handset. The company has just released a major update to their Outlook.com app for Android devices and it brings some new features and a complete redesign.

Microsoft cites Exchange Active Sync support as indispensable in making the Outlook.com experience great and this, according to them, varies significantly on Android handsets. As such, the company  recommends using this app instead of the built-in mail apps, to ensure a good and consistent experience.

Microsoft has updated the look and feel of the Outlook app to bring it closer to Metro the Modern design language and make switching between the web version and the app version easier on the eyes. The new app, which can be found here, also brings some new features. Among these is the ability to filter unread or flagged e-mails, conversation threading and the ability to mark messages as Junk.

This latest update will help users on Android have a better experience and might even bring Microsoft a few new users.

Source: Outlook Blog

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Absolutely awful for tablet users! On a phone I can understand the large fonts (although some of us have excellent eyesight and smaller fonts would be perfectly fine), and single pane, but on a tablet it could do with dual panes and a more 'desktop' like interface.

I hope it opens the links inside emails in the browser instead of in the client.... That's a gripe I have with the current version.

is it possible to add more than 1 email to the app? (eg I have outlook and old hotmail acct) also, does it support aliases? (eg. i have 2 aliases in my outlook account)

Aliases are added thru the "folders" options. Those are handled as folders on the service so they handle the same on the app.

Nope... can't add multiple accounts thru this app... keeping the old version till that's in. it's a REQUIREMENT for me...

Edited by remixedcat, Apr 16 2013, 6:50pm :

I hope there comes a time (soon enough) when writers cease mentioning "long forgotten Metro". That looks pretty dumb-witted now in April 2013!

Metro was a good name for it and it meant something. Modern/Windows 8 style/Other is just dumb. I'm a big fan of this design language and as such I still like to refer to it as Metro. What's so bad about that?

Mohitster said,
I hope there comes a time (soon enough) when writers cease mentioning "long forgotten Metro". That looks pretty dumb-witted now in April 2013!

Hate to burst your bubble (actually I don't care) but Metro is the name that it will always be known by no matter what the marketing majors at MS want to call it this week. Nobody knows wtf "Modern UI" is, its too generic and Metro is anything but modern.

So get used to your new Metro overlord.

I don't understand the point of the giant font thing Microsoft is trying to push, its like visually impaired mode is on by default.

And I don't see an outlook app on android getting a whole lot of use because gmail app already works perfectly, so running this giant font mess Outlook on Android is like dumping out a bottle of ketchup on a perfectly cooked steak.

MVD said,
I don't understand the point of the giant font thing Microsoft is trying to push, its like visually impaired mode is on by default.

And I don't see an outlook app on android getting a whole lot of use because gmail app already works perfectly, so running this giant font mess Outlook on Android is like dumping out a bottle of ketchup on a perfectly cooked steak.

Just tried it with Large Text enabled in accessibility and it gets even bigger. There's three or four emails per at a time.

nitins60 said,
do you really have windows phone? or just trolling?

WP built in mail do the job.

Does the job..aaand sort of looks like this.

nitins60 said,
do you really have windows phone? or just trolling?

WP built in mail do the job.


i have the lumia 920 here
kind of "does the job" - enables you reading mails and flagging them - thats it.
did you ever take a look at the threading ... its more than miserable - but i guess its a common outlook experience as well achieving doesnt work
cant flag it as junk .. and so on

nitins60 said,
do you really have windows phone? or just trolling?

WP built in mail do the job.


WP8 email app does a very poor job; I hope it will be improved sooner than later.

-adrian- said,

i have the lumia 920 here
kind of "does the job" - enables you reading mails and flagging them - thats it.
did you ever take a look at the threading ... its more than miserable - but i guess its a common outlook experience as well achieving doesnt work
cant flag it as junk .. and so on

are you serious? I can do them. atleast after opening the mail.

If you want them like in android, just open in normal browser. you will get exact look n feel, functionality.

Don't you think we can stop with all this strikethrough of Metro bullcrap? Just call it modern or metro, it doesn't freaking matter, we all know what you're talking about.