A Techcommunity post by Eugenie Burrage at Microsoft states that the company will be retiring the Outlook Web App connection for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. This makes a lot of sense considering that Microsoft’s actual Outlook app continues to see feature updates regularly and is a highly-rated email client on those platforms.
Its important to realize that this also applies that those companies still utilizing an on-premise Exchange server. IT will need to plan to deploy the new app and close out access to OWA on corporate devices. And, its probably better to get started now.
Here’s the timeline for support…
- In April 2018, the OWA for iPhone, iPad and Android apps will no longer be available for download from Apple’s iTunes store and the Google Play store.
- Also in April, OWA mobile app users will see a recurring in-app message notifying them of the date when the app will be retired, with a link to download Outlook for iOS or Android.
- On May 15, 2018, the OWA mobile apps will stop working. Office 365 users who attempt to open them will be greeted with a message directing them to download Outlook for iOS or Android.
There’s quite a bit of pushback from customers in the comments on the post, particularly around those features that OWA supports (primarily security and management) that the Outlook app doesn’t support yet.
Full post: OWA mobile apps to be retired in May
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