Microsoft launches pre-release of Outlook Web App for Android

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OWA for Android lets users access email, calendar and contacts from their Android phones, a feature previously available only through a browser.

Microsoft has launched a pre-release of its Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android devices, but it comes with a list of requirements.

The Android app functions much like the browser version of OWA, providing access to email, calendars and contacts housed on a company’s off-premises Exchange server.

For now, Microsoft is limiting OWA for Android availability to a select number of devices. To be eligible to use the app, the device must be running Android 4.4 KitKat and the phone must have a small or normal-sized display, which is defined by Microsoft as having approximately a 5 inch or smaller screen. Android tablets are not supported. A mailbox running the latest version of Office 365 for business is also required.

The Office 365 requirement poses a challenge for corporate users whose companies employ their own Exchange server. Microsoft responded to complaints that this limits the availability of the app by saying that in its current beta mode, they want to focus on maximizing the experience for Office 365 users.

“For this pre-release we’re focused on making this app great for Office 365 mailboxes,” said a company representative.

According to the app’s Google Play description, “support for on-premise Exchange servers will be announced in the future.”

The company is turning to users for its development plans, asking them to share feedback about their experience with the app. Users are also invited to vote on which devices they would like to see supported next.


 

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