Microsoft has updated its Outlook.com's Android app to bring its user interface in line with its Windows Phone counterpart.
Redmond's update includes conversation threading, unread mail filtering, and the ability to tag messages as junk mail. The app comes as Microsoft continues to fight with Google over its decision to drop Exchange ActiveSync from Gmail.
"The overall response to Outlook.com has been very positive. However, our Android app has been behind and so we're excited to take this large step forward," wrote Outlook.com programme manager Steve Kafka in a blog post.
"Starting today, you can get the same great Outlook.com look and feel you've come to love on Windows 8 and the web on your Android device."
Microsoft introduced Outlook.com as the replacement for Hotmail last year. The email service is the firms answer to Gmail, and like Google's service, Outlook.com has integration with cloud storage and web apps.
The updated Android app features a streamlined UI that was created to mimic the look of Outlook's Windows 8 app. Microsoft is in direct competition with Android because of its Windows Phone 8 OS.
Redmond was forced to create an Outlook app for Android when Google discontinued the use of Exchange ActiveSync for Gmail. The feature allowed users to sync Exchange data into their Google apps account.
"We believe that the best mobile experience is enabled through Exchange ActiveSync--which provides a rich, powerful, network-optimised experience for Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile devices," continued Kafka.
"However, native support for Exchange ActiveSync on Android devices varies significantly and so we build a separate app to ensure as many people as possible can have a great Outlook.com experience across all their devices."
Users interested in the app can currently download it from the Google Play Store. The app is available to Android handsets versions 2.3, 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2.
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