Outlook app for iOS and Android delivers security update

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 19 February 2015
Outlook app for iOS and Android delivers security update

Just over two weeks since Microsoft launched an Outlook app for iOS and Android devices, and the company has released an update, which includes security and usability improvements.

The latest version now comes with password lock enforcement, which means that users will now be prompted to set up a password lock on their device in order to use the app. This ensures that all the data Outlook stores locally on the device is encrypted. It’s also now much faster to carry out an admin-led remote wipe.

Other new features include the ability to sync mail from e-mail providers that support IMAP, like AOL and Comcast, and, for iOS, users now have an option to turn off the setting which automatically sorts e-mails by thread. Microsoft has said this capability will be coming to Android devices soon.

Like their iOS counterparts, Android users are now also able to personalise their swipe gestures to carry out actions like archive, delete, move, flag, mark as read/unread or schedule.

“Over the coming weeks and months, we will deliver additional security and management features that matter to IT as well as user-focused features to help you get even more done while on the go,” said the Office 365 team.

This includes adding support for Microsoft Intune mobile device management, and moving Outlook’s cloud service from Amazon Web Service to Microsoft Azure.

Other upcoming features include the ability to sync contacts locally, improved localisation for all 30 supported languages, and removal of the ‘Preview’ label from Outlook for Android.

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