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Microsoft brings its Send hybrid texting-email app to Android

Microsoft is extending availability of its Send hybrid texting-email app for iPhone users and is launching a preview of Send for Android phone users.
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Written by Mary Jo Foley, Contributor on

Microsoft is bringing its Send hybrid texting-email app to Android phones in preview form.

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Since launching Send on iPhone back in late July, Microsoft has been adding new capabilities to the in-mail chat app that's from its Garage incubator.

Microsoft made Send, which was formerly codenamed "Flow," available to those with Outlook and Office 365 business/school mail accounts, initially. Company execs said back in late July that Send would be "coming soon" to Android and Windows Phone devices.

Today, September 16, Microsoft is making the Send for Android preview available to users in U.S., Canada, the U.K., Brazil and Denmark. Microsoft also is extending the Send for iPhone app availability to U.K., Brazil and Denmark today.The Android preview is for Android phones with 4.2 and higher.

Microsoft has been adding new features over the past month-plus to the iPhone version, including the ability to delete conversations, add people to conversations, share locations, make phone calls and share GIFs. The Android version of Send will stay in preview while Microsoft catches it up to the iPhone version, today's post said.

And yes, the Windows Phone version of Send is still in development. No word on when Microsoft will roll it out.

Microsoft's Garage is the company's tech incubator for lightweight consumer-focused apps for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The Garage apps are all in the "experimental" phase, and are updated and improved based on user experience and feedback.

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