After Office Mobile for iOS, Microsoft has released Outlook Web App for iPhone and iPad. The email client is already available through browser, but now it comes as an application for the Apple’s mobile operating system.
In addition to those of the web version, the two apps offer features that are available only through native integration with mobile devices. The apps are available on the App Store for free however you need a subscription that includes Office 365 Exchange Online in order to use it.
After installing Outlook Web App from the App Store, the user must enter Office 365 credentials on startup. The application follows the same metro design as Outlook.com for Android and Windows Phone. The main screen consists four tiles from which you can access the Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Options. You can easily switch among these four modules using the button on the lower left corner of the screen. Additionally, you can also use voice commands to perform certain tasks such as writing a new email or opening the Calendar.
The incoming emails are shown with a two-column layout on the iPad (list of messages and read-out panel) while only the list is visible on the iPhone, but you can quickly jump to the reading panel using a single tap. Importantly, the application allows you to read, delete, flag, reply, and compose new messages in the absence of the internet connection. You can search for messages and contacts using the search button.
With regards to the Calendar, the user can create appointments, assign categories and schedule meetings. It also supports multiple and shared calendar. The contacts are automatically synchronized with the address book on your iPhone or iPad. Outlook Web App works with IRM (Information Rights Management) that allows administrators to remove business data and leave the personal data on the device using Remote Swipe.
- Download OWA for iPhone (requires iPhone 4 or newer)
- Download OWA for iPad (requires iPad 2 or newer)