10 June 2022
Microsoft is working on a lighter version of the Outlook app called Outlook Lite. The confirmation came in the form of references to the lite version in the updated Microsoft 365 roadmap. It was first spotted and reported by Dr. Windows, an online German publication. The app will be aimed at delivering a faster and smoother user experience on low-powered Android devices.
Outlook's app for Android is available for quite some time but it does not work as smoothly as you would expect on phones with low power and memory. The official description of Outlook Lite says, "An Android app that brings the main benefits of Outlook in a smaller app size with fast performance for low-end devices on any network." It does not go into details about what changes we will get to see but suggests July 2022 public release for the app.
Dr.Windows further reports that Microsoft already has an Outlook Lite app available in select countries. There are references to that app in official support documents. It is speculated that the upcoming Outlook Lite will likely be a different app and may even replace the previous one. It might be the app that will be released more widely as compared to the one available for now.
There is said to be no difference between Outlook Lite and Outlook apps when it comes to features and functionalities. However, the lite version limits the user to one-type account creation. This is not the first time we are seeing a company release a lighter version of their main app. We have seen the likes of Google and Facebook follow the same approach. It helps them cater to users with low-end devices and unreliable or slower internet connections in a better way.