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Microsoft forces users to download the iOS and Android apps instead of its Outlook

Microsoft forces users to download the iOS and Android apps instead of its Outlook

Microsoft announced that its app Outlook will soon disappear, so, users will download the iOS and Android apps from April 2018.

Microsoft decided to discontinue the Outlook apps as of April, removing them from the App Store and Google Play. It will notify existing users of the expiry via in-app messages, advising them to instead install the standalone Outlook app for their platform. As Eugenie Burrage, Microsoft’s product marketers, explained:

“Outlook for iOS and Android has an architecture fully powered by the Microsoft Cloud and has 4.5+ star ratings in the app stores.”

According to the latest statistics, the star ratings in the Android and iOS app stores – rated 2.9/5 and 2.8/5 respectively. Actually, it wasn’t too surprising, taking into account that Microsoft hasn’t updated the OWA apps in recent months and so they don’t work particularly well now.

From 15 May, the apps will stop working altogether and any Office 365 users who open them will be advised it’s been discontinued, telling them to download and install the Outlook app for iOS or Android.

The new iOS and Android apps effectively function as a halfway-house between the browser-based Outlook experience and the fully fledged Outlook app. It offers classical contact syncing and push notifications, no need to worry about your data.