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Last Updated: April 17th, 2013

Last November, Microsoft released an Outlook.com 'app' for Android. I say 'app,' because it was only one in the strictest sense of the word. It was functional (barely), but it was also absolutely disgusting to look at, didn't do push email, and generally kind of sucked. The new app appears to suck much less, especially in the visual sense.

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It has a completely redesigned don't-call-it-Metro UI look, push email, calendar and contact sync, and conversation view mode. So, it's actually a real, usable email app now. Exciting! Here's the changelog:

What's in this version: No recent changes.

- New look and feel
- Filters for unread and flagged messages
- Conversation threading
- Marking messages as junk

Head to the Play Store to get the update now.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • TY

    Holo and Metro had a baby?

    • atlouiedog

      Too bad they couldn't wedge skeurmorphism in there. And by "too bad" I mean, "thank all that is right in this world."

  • LAKAME

    I hate this font :|

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Why is the font so stretched out? Someone please force it to use Roboto....

  • Geoff Johnson

    Oh Go, my eyes!

  • JLishere

    I can't stand this UI. It's too minimalistic. Font is too big. Blah.

  • Mark Curtis

    Yet another app that when updating the UI, makes their icon a rounded square because Apple

  • Ambroos

    They squished the screenshots, the buttons on the bottom aren't round either. The font will be less narrow in the actual app.

  • József Király

    Interesting combination of Android and Microsoft design standards. Let's hope it works out (it did in Skydrive, at least on tablet. Haven't tried on phone yet).

  • Kobi Nechmadi

    it's wp8 design ..

  • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

    That's actually an appalling design. I get their aim, a combination of Holo and Metro, but wow, there are so many ways they could've done that better.

  • yash1229

    Loving it.

  • atlouiedog

    I maintain a live.com spam account that I check sporadically. I wish the font was smaller so that I could get a better look at my inbox at a glance. Subject line and message previews get abruptly cut off on my phone, though it's probably a lot better on high resolution devices that are become the standard. Otherwise, it doesn't look too bad on my phone. Those screenshots don't do it any favors.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Metro it's like: "Im not lazy, im minimalistic"
    Flat colors, huge fonts, no harmony, just... meehhhww...

  • Samvith V Rao

    Awesome! Now please do the same for OneNote too!

  • Drayon

    ehm... At least they tried?

  • Sarah Puls

    Or..... I can just keep reading my @live.com email via the baked-in app that works, and looks, just fine. With Roboto font.

  • Daveon Jackson

    Pin protection for email F**K yeah

  • http://www.facebook.com/CraigHwk Craig Hawkins

    So basically they just slapped on a half baked interface on top of their existing crappy Hotmail app, er, I mean Outlook app.

  • Rammstone

    Does it still drain your battery in 3 hours?

    • Mike Bratsch

      Yes :(

  • http://twitter.com/joshptyltd Joshua

    That's the fugliest thing I've ever seen from MS. I think I'll stick with K9.

  • alphanumeric

    Does anyone know how to enable zooming in/out for emails? I had a (rather) wide email I was trying to view earlier, I tried pinching and that didn't work and they removed the +/- icons. Also, I don't appreciate being told to update the hotmail app, downloading the update and finding out it actually locked out hotmail and forced us to go to outlook. And on that topic, why does a small amount of text and a playstore link take up nearly 4MB?

  • PC

    If I wanted my android phone to look like a windows phone I would have bought a windows phone...

  • Tom Wood

    SUCKS! It just made me download the new version and it won't let me open emails. The old Hotmail version forces you to upgrade so I just deleted the whole thing off my phone.

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