The Microsoft Outlook email app has pulled more than 100 million installs on the Google Play Store, putting Microsoft in a position to challenge Gmail’s app, analysts say.
The Gmail app has an advantage in that it automatically comes with Android, MSNPowerUsernotes.
“Since Gmail is included on most Android phones by default, the milestone suggests a large group of users could prefer Outlook over Google’s solution,” Arif Bacchus writes in a column in OnMSFT.
In addition, “The 4.4/5 rating for the app suggests that whatever Microsoft did with Acompli, which became Outlook Mobile after Microsoft acquired it back in 2014, made users happy,” MSPowerUser states.
OnMSFT continues that Microsoft Launcher has hit 10 million downloads, and that the firm is set to launch the Android-powered Surface Duo.
However, it adds that SwiftKey now has 500 million installs and Skype achieved 1 billion back in 2017.
In related news, Bleeping Computer reports that Microsoft is adding support to Outlook to facilitate sending emails via alias — or proxy — email addresses.
Email sender aliases support will prove useful for users who need to send emails from multiple branded domain names or on behalf of a specific company team or department,” Bleeping Computer writes.