Back in the day, Microsoft Outlook was the email program of choice for most business users. It combines email, contacts and calendaring into the one application, making managing the flow of information around corporate offices just that little bit easier. Nowadays, there’s a bit of competition in this space, but Microsoft is still right up there, and with the release of Microsoft Outlook Preview for Android, Microsoft is showing that it actually understands how to do Android fairly well.
If you have to use Exchange for your email, be it from work, or in my case the SES, on Android you’ve got a few choices, and not all of them are great. On Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Gmail app has Exchange support built right in, so you can easily access your Exchange email that way (and it is possible to access your contacts and calendars this way as well). You can also use Android’s built-in Email app, but the results there are likely to be less than satisfactory.
Now, you can use Microsoft Outlook Preview, and the results are pretty impressive. From a quick play this morning, setup is a breeze (once you remember your rarely-used password!) and once it’s working, it looks great.
If you’re so inclined (and you might not be), you can even use Outlook Preview to access other email accounts such as Yahoo Mail, iCloud Mail, or even your Gmail (if you really dislike the Gmail app that much).
It’s free, it’s on the Play Store, so give it a try if you like, and let us know what you think!