Friday , October 19 2018 Ausdroid » Software » Apps, Games & Google Services » Microsoft updates Outlook.com app, partners with SEVEN

Microsoft and SEVEN Networks have released a new version of the Outlook.com application for android today with a huge update pushed to Google Play. The name SEVEN might sound familiar to you; they’ve previously built push email solutions for Nokia’s Symbian platform and earlier Windows Mobile devices, as well as the Hotmail app for Android.

This new release sports a new look, complete with a pseudo-Holo feel, yet mixing in a good dose of WindowsPhone style elements as well. New features include threaded conversations, the ability to mark messages as junk, and creating filters for unread and flagged mail.

We know that many Android users will probably be using Gmail for their email needs, because it’s such a natural fit and it’s integrated so tightly with the Android OS. Gmail isn’t for everyone though; Microsoft knows that there are a huge number of Outlook.com users who will probably want to be able to use it on all their mobile devices, Android included.

[app]com.outlook.Z7[/app]
Source: Outlook.com on the Play Store.
Via: Android Central.

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Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Can’t even sign into the app, it keeps misinterpreting what I type.

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Hi Chris my Hotmail app was white bold text on super black background. Great contrasting colours. Now outlook app is white background and fine black font, Horrible outdoor sunlight colours. Pretty lousy app that doesn’t let you choose background and font colours out of the multi million possible colours that fone manufactures have bothered to make available. What gives ? Was Seven chosen by Microsoft do you think because they were cheap? This “new look” is very poor from a user point of view which is really in the end the only point of view that matters. Maybe your right… Read more »

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Hey Jeff,

Sorry to hear this — you’re dead right. Black on white is not great for outdoors use. It’s surprising this isn’t customisable (as it is in some other apps).

Mind you, Gmail is black on white as well.

I doubt Microsoft chose Seven because they were cheap; more likely because they provide a better infrastructure (and less overhead traffic) for push sync. That’d be my guess, but I don’t know this.

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