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Over a year ago, Microsoft released an official Hotmail app to the Play Store. And it sucked. Well, it still pretty much sucks. Now, the same dev team - which goes by Microsoft + SEVEN - has released an abomination they're called "Outlook.com." It's pretty clear that they didn't even try on this one:

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Just look at that UI! You don't have to take our word for how bad it is, though; a quick look through the Play Store reviews should do offer a pretty good idea of what this app's all about:

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Definitely not a good one for Microsoft. Still, if you're the masochistic type who also uses Outlook.com email, you can give it a shot by hitting the widget below.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Jeffrey Matthews

    Are they intentionally making their android counterparts look bad to try an emphasize their own platform or something? There is NO excuse as to why this app would be this terrible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gapimentel German Alonso Pimentel Vera

      I second that

      • ttttt

        I like the app. I think Microsoft or seven, whatever they call themselves made a very good product. I also think you guys are being a little too harsh on them. Look at that hotmail app which has been out for over a year and still can't sync .edu accounts. Those guys should have worked on the maps app for iPhone!

    • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

      What's weird is that the XBox Smartglass app actually works pretty well and looks pretty good. But this... this is inexcusable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gapimentel German Alonso Pimentel Vera

    Maybe that's te intention
    Poor app support on other devices (iOS, Android)
    But i'm pretty sure their Windows Phone (Win8) App is awesome

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Like I said in another comment, Seven is making this app. Microsoft's own apps like SkyDrive are pretty good even on Android, they aren't shying away from making good apps for other OS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gapimentel German Alonso Pimentel Vera

    Maybe that's te intention
    Poor app support on other devices (iOS, Android)
    But i'm pretty sure their Windows Phone (Win8) App is awesome

  • tomcat84

    Does it correctly sync "follow-up" flags on emails? And does it support setting custom dates on follow-up flags?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayKwallace Jay Kenyon Wallace

    Microsoft + SEVEN is not Microsoft

    this is likely a hacker stealing usernames and pwds

    • http://www.facebook.com/jayKwallace Jay Kenyon Wallace

      Official Microsoft apps are posted by Microsoft Corporation

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        The Hotmail app was also developed by MICROSOFT + SEVEN. It's official.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson
      • Matthew Fry

        Definitely officially awful.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Seven is actually a company that made email and IM apps for Symbian even before Android came to be, and apparently Microsoft is tasking them with making some apps. Too bad though, as Microsoft made apps like SkyDrive look and work pretty well.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It is not developed by Microsoft, but a partner they chose to develop. It is an official, Microsoft-sanctioned app. There is nothing fraudulent going on, it just sucks.

  • Owen Finn

    This is not an "Outlook" app - this is an "Outlook.com" app. Get it right.

  • BugsBunny

    Is that really Microsoft?

    play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Microsoft+Corporation

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Yes, it's really Microsoft. The Hotmail app was also by this sub-developer.

  • Keith Myers

    Arg - I hate when "New" Gingerbread Themed applications are released.

    • ReasonableBloke

      Their SkyDrive app looks good and abide to the Holo UI, they can make a decent app, but they chose not to, and release this abomination, I have no idea why.

      And connecting an outlook account via POP3 to Gmail works just fine, why would I need a new app?

      • Nevi_me

        You don't even need to POP3 it, Microsoft's mail has ActiveSync (for free) so just hook the thing up to your stock mail app

        • ReasonableBloke

          Ah, I was using Microsoft's inbuilt POP3 and connect it to Gmail's SMTP server, haven't try that yet.

  • Simon Belmont

    Haha. Another crummy attempt at a Microsoft app.

    They did this for Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger too. What a shame.

  • ANex

    that's a shame, outlook.com has a very nice metro looking web interface. I would say it is even better than Gmail's.

  • http://twitter.com/pgr3master Asa

    This app isn't need android 4.2 syncs fine using the built-in exchange active sync support. Mail, contacts and calendar the lot!

  • GazaIan

    Is this some kind of sick joke?

  • Levi Wilcox

    Seems to be on par with mac and windows Outlook... ;)

  • Freak4Dell

    I have no idea what Outlook.com is, and I don't really care. It seems like Android sites are all PMSing today, though. Is it really necessary to make entire posts about how horrible an app is just because the UI is horrible? I mean, sure, it's outdated, but it's not horrible. Horrible mean's unusable. This app may be unusable, but it's not the fact that it looks like it was made in 2010 that makes it so. At least you guys managed to include some of the Play Store reviews to somewhat back up the idea that this app really is a bad app. Droid-Life just ragged on the UI, and only the UI.

    If we're judging how bad apps are based on the UI now, everybody should just stop using and recommending Tasker. The UI of that app is probably the ugliest one I've ever seen for an Android app.

    • cabbott9

      Tasker is seriously the ugliest and worst UI I've ever seen.

      • Jens Knutson

        I wouldn't say it's the worst *ever*, but yeah, it's pretty awful.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      But Tasker was released years ago and concentrated on functionality rather than looks. Releasing a major app with horrid UI like this one, especially from a big company like MS which we all know is capable of great UI/UX, is a whole different story.

      • cabbott9

        Completely true. Skydrive is proof that they can do a great job with the UI, the android app works & looks great.

      • Freak4Dell

        In other words, Tasker had years to fix the UI, but still has not.

        Look, I get it, this app looks old. The double standard is ridiculous, though. If this app is bad, it should be because it doesn't work right (which, from the reviews, it doesn't). It's not bad because the UI is 2 years old. That's a stupid way to judge an app. To comment on an app's UI and say it's outdated or ugly is one thing, but to basically disregard the entire app because your eyes aren't pleased by the amount of curvature in the buttons or the color of the glow around the highlighted field is just silly.

  • Freak4Dell

    I have no idea what Outlook.com is, and I don't really care. It seems like Android sites are all PMSing today, though. Is it really necessary to make entire posts about how horrible an app is just because the UI is horrible? I mean, sure, it's outdated, but it's not horrible. Horrible mean's unusable. This app may be unusable, but it's not the fact that it looks like it was made in 2010 that makes it so. At least you guys managed to include some of the Play Store reviews to somewhat back up the idea that this app really is a bad app. Droid-Life just ragged on the UI, and only the UI.

    If we're judging how bad apps are based on the UI now, everybody should just stop using and recommending Tasker. The UI of that app is probably the ugliest one I've ever seen for an Android app.

  • Jamie

    looks like they spent 5 mins changing icons and a couple of text.

    the team at seven may as well not bothered.

  • Yianni Galiatsatos

    Maybe they're doing this to encourage people to use Windows Phone devices

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      IMAO, that's the entire point of Windows 8 as well. WP8 isn't selling enough!

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunrdavis Shaun Dutchy Davis

      but shouldn't they make UI extremely gorgeous and then say "imagine how great the rest of the apps look on WP8"
      that would have been a better move if thats what they were going for.

  • Jon Garrett

    They would have never done this for iOS. they're going to release the iOS version soon and I guarantee it will be high quality and loaded with features.

    • Nevi_me

      Wanna bet? We can use PayPal to pay each other, depending on who wins ... Hmmm I wonder if there's a service for that?

      Oh my word, a brilliant start-up idea! Gotta tell TechCrunch about it ...

      (sorry for wasting your time if you read this lol)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshcwh Joshua Chan Wei Han

    Not to mention, ugly icon from Microsoft with metro UI trademark.

  • Nate

    isn't this par for the course for Microsoft?

  • QwietStorm

    "BTW my next comp is gonna be Linux"

    ahahaha

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      With Steam hitting Ubuntu quite nicely, the time to switch completely has never felt more tempting.

      • Loren Cogar

        As long as we get some legit AAA Game support!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

          Ultimately at first it will be indie stuff, but as Valve enter Ubuntu territory and providing they get sufficient results we could see plenty of AAA Steam games on Steam and maybe even outside of it (ID Software anyone?).

          Probably new ones though because these companies don't usually go back on old code.

      • GraveUypo

        i wish. i really wish. i already like ubuntu a lot better than windows. if only it had all the software support windows does... games would be a great start.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I think at this point the WP8 UI similar to the X-Box Live application would be an improvement. Anyways Microsoft hate Apple and Linux in all forms anyway, it's probably like one big middle finger for them. XD

    I just use the stock E-Mail application for everything, G-Mail stopped working for some reason after an "update".

    • Nevi_me

      did you try to "downdate" to a lower version?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        Not really, I just removed G-Mail.apk from the root and use the stock E-Mail application for all my mail needs.

  • Loren Cogar

    I'm on the front page of Android Police! Mom I finally made it!!

  • maddog hall

    leonardo please quit microsoft and go Android all the way!!

  • warcaster

    There IS a reason to download it - to give it a 1/5 star.