Microsoft unveils pre-release of Outlook Web App for Android phones

Karen McCandless
Karen McCandless
By Karen McCandless on 13 June 2014
Microsoft unveils pre-release of Outlook Web App for Android phones

Microsoft has unveiled a pre-release version of the Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android phones (not Android tablets yet).

First announced at the Microsoft Exchange Conference in March, the app is now available on the Google Play store but only for a limited number of devices at the moment.

Microsoft is keen to stress that it will be fixing bugs and making improvements before it releases the final version, as well as adding support for more devices.

To use the app, your device must be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat or higher.

The mailbox must also be running on Office 365 for business (not Office 365 personal, Office 365 Home or and the device size must be considered ‘small’ or ‘normal’ by the Android operating system.

Steve Chew, senior product marketing manager in the Exchange group at Microsoft, said in a blog post: “We’re bringing an entirely new way to think about e-mail as a continued enabler to how people get work done whether in the office or on the go. E-mail is becoming more collaborative, more efficient, easier to manage and, yes, more social.”

Microsoft released OWA for iPhone and iPad in July 2013 and the Android version has the same functionality.

To submit any feedback on the app, visit the OWA for Android forum.

To find out more about OWA for Android, Greg Baribault from the Exchange ActiveSync engineering team explains its origins and functionality in the video below.

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