Microsoft Adds Management Capabilities to Outlook Apps for Android and iOS Devices
Microsoft this week announced some new IT controls for a Outlook apps regulating on Android and iOS devices.
The new Outlook apps, providing mail, contacts and calendar access, were released late final month, with a Android chronicle still during a “preview” stage. Although a apps are only a integrate of weeks old, Microsoft now updates them “every few weeks.” Its Outlook app releases this week embody confidence enhancements for finish users, as good as some combined controls for IT departments handling Android and iOS devices.
New IT Controls
IT pros can now need passwords for regulating Outlook apps on Android and iOS inclination around Exchange ActiveSync. The coercion resource consists of constrained a finish user to set adult a personal marker series (PIN) to get e-mail by Outlook. This coercion routine takes place during a device level, rather than during a app level, to well-spoken over a user experience, according to Microsoft’s announcement.
Enforcement during a device spin permits entrance around a singular PIN, since coercion by a app spin infrequently requires entering dual PINs to entrance e-mail, Microsoft explained, that can be “cumbersome.” A device-level PIN also improved supports other facilities such as “native device encryption, TouchID on iOS and Smart Lock on Android,” according to a announcement.
Password coercion works differently on Android inclination compared with iOS inclination due to a controls finished accessible by Google and Apple, Microsoft’s proclamation explained. In essence, Apple’s inclination embody built-in encryption, while Android inclination will only check if passwords are scrupulously set and will “encourage storage encryption.” IT pros get some-more control options with Android devices. They can set Office 365 and Exchange policies on “password length and complexity mandate and a series of acceptable screen-lock attempts before wiping a phone,” according to Microsoft.
Microsoft also speeded adult a app-level clean capability with a new Outlook app releases. IT pros can clean out e-mail, contacts and calendar files used for business functions while not destroying personal apps and information on an Android and iOS device, and that can now be finished “within seconds,” Microsoft indicated. Such a clean also gets absolved of information stored in a cloud use used with a Outlook apps.
The new Outlook apps now support a ability to synchronize mail from other e-mail use providers that use a Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), such as “AOL.com and Comcast.net.” The Outlook apps use IMAP’s IDLE underline to get mailbox changes. However, if IDLE isn’t upheld by a mail service, afterwards “Outlook will sync each few minutes,” Microsoft explained.
Microsoft’s proclamation indicated that a association is formulation to supplement some-more IT government and confidence facilities to a Outlook apps “over a entrance weeks and months.” In particular, Microsoft skeleton to supplement Intune support for Outlook apps, as good as a ability to pierce an Outlook use regulating on Amazon Web Services to a Microsoft Azure service.
Office 365 Document Security
In a apart announcement, Microsoft also talked about some of a information insurance services it provides opposite platforms for a Office applications upheld by Office 365 services. For those persons wanting to accept encrypted Office 365 messages on Android or iOS devices, Microsoft now has Office 365 Message Encryption spectator apps, that were expelled currently during a Google Play Store and a iOS App Store.
The Office 365 Message Encryption service, partial of a company’s Azure cloud use offerings, will get some enhancements in a second entertain of this year. At that time, Microsoft skeleton to hurl out a ability to finish messages according to set time intervals. In addition, a association skeleton to supplement a capability that will “revoke entrance from certain recipients once a encrypted summary is viewed.” Lastly, Microsoft is formulation to supplement a symbol to a Outlook Web App that senders can use to encrypt a message.
Microsoft’s Information Rights Management (IRM) service, a request insurance intrigue that Microsoft offers to assistance control a dispersion of corporate information, has now been enabled for papers stored on OneDrive for Business, Microsoft announced today. OneDrive for Business is Microsoft’s cloud storage use for organizations that’s formed on SharePoint Online technology.
Microsoft is aiming to extend a IRM insurance capabilities to e-mail on “all platforms.” A destiny IRM formation will be brought to Office applications regulating opposite several handling complement platforms. Microsoft’s proclamation laid out a roadmap as follows:
- Office apps for iPhone and iPad will start ancillary IRM in summer of 2015.
- Office for Mac will support IRM in a initial recover in second half of CY2015.
- Office apps for Android will support IRM in second half of 2015
- IRM will be enabled out of a box in Universal Office apps and Outlook for Windows 10.
- We are also operative tough to capacitate IRM in a newly expelled Outlook app for iOS and Android and some-more sum will follow soon.
Outlook App Feature Updates
This week’s Outlook app releases for Android and iOS inclination also enclosed a few underline enhancements for finish users. It’s now probable to mention what happens with certain appropriate gestures when organizing e-mail collections, and users can also emanate and name their possess folders for e-mail repository purposes. They only have to make a few Settings changes to make that happen.
It’s also now probable for iOS users to spin off a Outlook app’s default function of organizing e-mail threads into “conversation” views. Instead, e-mails can only arrive as particular messages, if that’s wanted. Microsoft skeleton to supplement that capability to a Outlook app for Android inclination in a destiny release.
New facilities will be entrance with after Outlook app releases. For instance, Microsoft is formulation to supplement support for “local syncing of contacts.” It also skeleton to enhance denunciation support. Lastly, it is formulation a “general availability” recover a Outlook app for Android devices, relocating it out of a preview stage, nonetheless it’s not transparent when that will occur.