Outlook.com Adds Android App

We were quite impressed with the revamped Outlook.com service, and Microsoft continues to enhance it. An Android app to access the service has been introduced, along with one-click archiving and an enhanced set of keyboard shortcuts.

The Android app works on any Android 2.x device, and will sync with your existing device contacts and calendars. Messages can be truncated on download, and you can customise which folders are synced locally to your device. It’s going to be hard for Microsoft to compete with the baked-in Google account support on Android, and the initial app is relatively basic, but this does make it easier to browse an Outlook.com account if you use one regularly.

One of Microsoft’s obvious goals with Outlook.com in the browser is to persuade Gmail users to migrate. The service launched with the ability to mimic Google’s standard shortcut keys, and has now expanded its range of keyboard shortcuts. Other changes which Microsoft says will be introduced “over the next few weeks” include one-click archiving from the inbox, new colour themes, the ability to set either Reply or Reply All as your default action, and the option to choose whether you return to the inbox or jump to the next message after deleting a message.

Over 25 million active Outlook.com users, and today we’re making it even easier for Gmail users to switch [Outlook Blog]

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