It has only been a few weeks since Microsoft released the Outlook apps for iOS and Android. But in the ensuing time the company has been busy pushing it towards business users, with updates. These apps use the Accompli mobile PIM, which the tech giant acquired late last year.
They have wasted little time coming up with the updates, with Microsoft Outlook support for new IT controls, as well as a few user-friendly features. The main feature is the password enforcement provision, which can be used by enterprises on Exchange ActiveSync. This is the mobile email which allows you to synchronize contact and calendar information.
In a recent blog post, they said, “If your company email policy requires that devices have a password in order to sync mail, Outlook will enforce this at the device level. Until the passcode is setup, the user will be unable to access Outlook.”
Apple and Google manage encryption and authorization differently, and that entails a different setup for these Outlook apps. With that in place, the app will ask the user to set up a device password if there is not one configured. And in iOS (8.0 or later), there is built-in encryption, meaning that the Outlook data encryption if there is a device passcode, whether or not you want this.
In addition, they have sped up the remote wiping operation. Microsoft says this can be managed within seconds. “The Outlook app will reset and Outlook email, calendar, contacts and files data will be removed from the device, as well as from Outlook’s cloud components,” the post adds. This does not affect the personal user data in any way.
There are more features aimed at the IT crowd, Microsoft said. One of the impending updates will bring Microsoft Outlook support for Intune. This is the company’s own MDM service offering. They will also be moving Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the Azure cloud-computing platform.
The Outlook app also supports Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), as well as real-time notifications. You can toggle the conversation views too, and this is useful for iOS users looking to group email chains. The android version has yet to offer this feature.
Outlook for Android bring customizable swipe gestures instead, a definite step over the iOS version. “You can swipe right or left to take actions like archive, delete, move, flag, mark as read/unread, or schedule,” the company said.