Yeah, Outlook is quite bad.
I installed it when it got rebranded a while back. Wasn't impressed.
Now the Outlook.com app has been updated to knobble the client altogether, so you have to use the new Outlook app. Unfortunately the "new" app hasn't really moved on at all.
The options are so sparse, compared to the old app, that it makes you wonder what have they been doing with their time? You can't set sync strategies. Calendar is strictly within the app only, although like the article says Contacts IS spaffed in amongst your Android contacts but there's no option to not do it. But the worst thing is that you can't set a name that your e-mails will be sent as. Which is the most basic option of all and is totally lacking.