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How to use the revamped Android app's handy new features

Ian Paul | Oct. 14, 2013
The company didn't provide a complete list of all 150 improvements, but most appear to be bug fixes, multi-language support, and other minor tweaks.

New themes and vacation replies
If Microsoft's default theme for Outlook has you feeling blue (get it?), you can spice up your inbox with a fresh coat of paint. Tap the menu icon in the bottom right and select settings once again. Next, tap General>Theme color to see ten other color choices such as Dark Red, Orange, Teal, and Black.

You can also set a vacation responder from within the Android app and that setting will be reflected on the web app version of To do so, go back to the settings screen again and then tap E-mail>Vacation reply. You can decide to send vacation responses only to your contacts or to anyone who reaches your inbox--spammers routed to your junk folder won't get the responder. By default, Outlook will only send vacation notices to your contacts.

Those are the primary new feature additions to Outlook for Android. Overall, it's a nice feature bump for the app especially after suffering with a barebones Hotmail app and the original non-modernized version of before it. You can find it now in Google Play.


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