News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 27, 2012.
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Microsoft introduced a wholesale redesign for Outlook.com, the company's preferred web service, but the new Outlook.com app for Android is remarkably similar to the app for Microsoft's old Hotmail email service. Outlook.com looks and performs just like the Hotmail Android app that was released last year, not the cleaner and forward-looking design implemented on its desktop site. Microsoft commissioned the Seven Design Group to develop both apps, so it's no wonder that they look so much alike, but it's surprising that an app released at the tail end of 2012 looks like it follows design principles introduced on Android in 2010.
Aesthetic issues aside, the new Outlook email is available for users who wish to view and send emails from their Outlook.com address. The app supports Exchange Active Sync, multiple accounts, synchronized contacts and calendars on the device, synchronized folders and sub folders, and push notifications. It also features a dedicated search button and compatibility with Hotmail.com addresses. Users can search through individual inboxes or view correspondence from every account in the "All Emails" tab.The Verge
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