Microsoft has announced the wider availability of its Send email and instant messaging app, pushing the software into new countries and releasing a version for Android devices.
Send was announced in July this year, and was initially launched in the US and Canada for iPhone devices. Expanding the app to Android means that Microsoft is following through with its plans to bring Send to other mobile platforms.
Microsoft also said it has made Send for iPhone and Android available in the UK, Brazil and Denmark to increase the number of users who can try out the tool.
Microsoft did not reveal when it will announce a version of Send for Windows Phone devices, but did say that the company is working on a version of the app to meet user requests.
Microsoft revealed on the Office blog that the wider availability of Send, along with some updates to the app, is in response to positive feedback from early users.
"With today's updates, even more people can take advantage of Send's simple, quick, text message-like experience when connecting with co-workers, customers and classmates on the go," the firm said.
New features in Send include the ability to delete conversations, add people to conversations, send direct messages to people in group discussions, share user locations, and make a phone call through the app.
"We have also added support for GIF sharing. Sometimes a simple GIF can express more than words ever could," said the Outlook team.
Microsoft boasted that Send is used in universities, and by office-based and mobile workers.
"We've heard the app is improving communication flow around offices, campuses and other workplaces because it's based on a universal platform that everyone has access to: email," the firm said, adding that users see Send as a "much needed alternative" to consumer chat applications that often get used in the workplace.
However, despite this claim there are several alternatives to Send. Skype for Business is available on iOS and Android, and Facebook's Messenger for Business offers instant messaging that can reach customers as well as colleagues.
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