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Microsoft continues cross-platform tear, releases Outlook for iOS, Android

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 30, 2015
Microsoft today launched Outlook for iOS and Android, a rebranded version of startup Acompli's app, to replace the oft-derided Outlook Web App (OWA) as the go-to mobile email client for Office 365 users.

Not surprisingly, considering Microsoft's recent shift toward cross-platform development of its core service and the dominance of Android and iOS on mobile — but at the same time distressing to Windows loyalists — the Outlook app is not available for either Windows Phone or Windows itself.

Microsoft's working on one, though. During last week's Windows 10 presentation, company executive Joe Belfiore demoed an Outlook app for the new OS, which is slated to ship later this year. "Our Outlook team has been working on a new universal app version of Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar, which will be on the phone, tablets and PCs," Belfiore said as he took the preliminary app through its paces.

As with other Office apps for iOS and Android, Outlook is free to use only for non-commercial purposes. Subscribers to business-grade Office 365 can use Outlook for work-related tasks. It was unclear in the license agreement how employees connecting to, say, an on-premises Exchange 2013 server, were allowed to run the app without falling afoul of Microsoft's complex licensing.

Outlook for the iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from Apple's App Store; the Android version is available on Google Play.

Outlook requires iOS 8 or later, or Android 4.0 — aka Ice Cream Sandwich — or later.

 

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