Microsoft spruces up Outlook.com Android app

The latest version lets you sync all your e-mails to read them offline and send messages from Outlook.com aliases.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Microsoft has enhanced its Outlook.com app for Android users.

Rolled out Thursday, the new version lets you search for all e-mail, including items still in the cloud and not yet synced to your device. You can also sync all of your e-mails to access them offline.

You can now send e-mails from the app using any of your Outlook.com aliases and set an automated vacation reply for when you're away.

Microsoft has added 8 new color themes, so you now have 11 colors in total should you wish to give the interface a fresh paint job. Finally, the app now supports traditional Chinese language characters.

The app seemed due for improvements. Users rating it on Google Play have given it a score of just 2.7 out of 5, with more than 48,000 one-star reviews compared with 29,500 five-star reviews. Those who've chimed in to complain about the app cite a variety of problems from log-in issues to slow performance. So far, the latest update has garnered positive comments from several users, though some feel it still needs work.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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