Microsoft’s email service is growing in popularity. The company recently touted that it crossed 25 million users, and the fact that a lot of Gmail users are switching or planning to switch to their cloud email platform.

To celebrate, Microsoft has finally released the official Outlook application for Android.

And it’s not what you were expecting.

While the free app gives Microsoft Outlook users access to their email accounts on Android devices on the move, the design leaves an awful lot to be desired. It does what it is supposed to do, but comes with a, let’s just say ordinary design, and a terrible lack of features.

Microsoft decided not to go with their Metro (or Modern) user interface for the application, and most of the features implemented in the Windows 8 UI are either missing or hard to find. The design most definitely looks like all the way back from 2010.

Nevertheless, once installed users are able to received email messages, push notifications, the ability to sync calendar and contacts, as well as (standard and custom) folders, including sub-folders. And on the good side of news, the application also supports multiple Outlook accounts.

Sending and receiving photos and attachments worked perfectly too.

The design (visual and usable), unfortunately, is the only thing that sets this app back.

Still if you are an Android user and this is a must-download application. As noted above, the app is available for free on Google Play and works on all Android devices from version 2.1 and up.

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  • simplyanne

    Gmail already has. I guess this will eat up more space.