Server-side search and more: Updates to Outlook.com Android app

I’m excited to share that we have made a significant update to the Android app for Outlook.com, which is available today. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible email experience, delivering the features that you’ve been requesting. We’ve listened hard to the feedback from you and made several improvements that you asked for.

We’re committed to delivering a great experience to our customers no matter where they check their email. Outlook.com mobile usage has tripled from what it was a year ago, and with 68% of our customers now accessing Outlook.com on mobile devices, we’re working to have the best support for every device. This includes EAS for smartphones, IMAP for devices without EAS, and a new Windows 8 Mail app with unique Outlook.com features for the best email experience on any tablet. With today’s update, Outlook.com is even better on Android.

What’s new?

We’ve been collecting feedback and requests for this app since we released it in April. Since then, we’ve been working hard to address as many of your asks as we could.  This update includes over 150 improvements, along with some new features including:

Server-side search: You can now search through all of your email, even if the messages aren’t on your phone.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on your phone, you have a new option to search Outlook.com to find your messages.

Android app server-side search

Download all mail: Another popular request was to allow more choices for syncing your mail. We’ve added an option to let you download all your messages, regardless of how old they are (though keep in mind you can now search for messages even if they aren’t on your phone).

 Android app download options 

Support for Aliases: People love using aliases, but they want to be able to use them everywhere they use Outlook.com.  Now you can send email from all your aliases in our Android app, just like you would in the Windows 8 mail app or on the web.

Android app alias list

New colors: Adding colors was one of our most requested additions.   We know people like to change things up and with this update you can pick from 11 colors to personalize your mail app the way you like it.

  Android app theme color option

Android app green inbox color

Vacation replies: Forget to set your vacation reply before you headed out?  Now you can manage your vacation reply directly in the Android app.  Just like on the web, you can choose to send the reply to everyone, or limit it to the people in your contact list.

Android app vacation reply setting

We hope you appreciate these new features and improvements.  Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or using the hashtag #outlookappdate. We’re always listening for feedback.

–Steve Kafka, Principal Program Manager Lead, Outlook.com Protocols