Microsoft has launched new features for Outlook Lite, an email and SMS app tailored for users in India. The app now supports Indian local languages and SMS to let Indian users communicate effectively. Outlook Lite is designed to run fast on low-end devices and networks and supports various email accounts, including Gmail.
Outlook Lite caters to the diverse linguistic needs of Indian users by offering voice typing, transliteration, and translation features, which enable them to write and read emails in their preferred language. “Whether users want to dictate an email in Hindi, type an email in Tamil and have it automatically converted to English, or read an email in Gujarati, Outlook Lite helps them do just that,” the company said in a blog post.
Outlook Lite also supports SMS (Short Messaging Service) messaging and automatically organizes messages by categories, such as transactions, promotions, and personal. Further, users can switch between categories and view relevant messages. It also reminds users about appointments, including gas booking, bill payments, and more.
“The evolution of Outlook Lite embodies our dedication to fostering inclusive digital experiences tailored for diverse communities in India. With SMS integration and vernacular language support, Outlook Lite redefines communication accessibility and provides users with a more convenient & personalized experience. We believe in empowering every individual, irrespective of their location or preferred language, to effortlessly connect, collaborate, and thrive. This launch reaffirms our commitment to enabling every person to achieve more, simplifying their daily interactions while enabling greater productivity and connectivity,”said Rajiv Kumar, managing director of Microsoft India Development Centre and corporate vice president.
Outlook Lite currently supports five Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Gujarati, for emails. The company plans to add more Indian languages in the future. Further, Outlook Lite will soon support local language translation for SMS. The app is available for Android users in India and can be downloaded via the Google Play Store.