Two weeks after its release, Outlook for iOS and Android gets important update from Microsoft team. Some of the new features introduced by the update will only affect one of the two mobile versions of the OSs, while others will affect both.
Microsoft announced the update and what it meant on Tuesday in a blog post. Outlook app for mobile devices is actually a rebranded version of the Accompli, an e-mail app purchased by Microsoft two months ago. Microsoft hopes that Outlook will help it conquer an additional share on the mobile market in the near future.
However, implementing a MS app for devices running competing operating systems, such as iOS and Android, is not what Microsoft usually does. But CEO Satya Nadella recently announced that the company will be focusing more on cloud and mobile businesses to achieve its growth expectations.
Among the new features brought in by the update, PIN Lock is one of the most notable. According to the update’s release notes, whenever a company uses Exchange ActiveSync to sync its employees’ e-mails and other items, but requires a password for the device, Outlook will prompt users to set the password. Without it, users cannot access their company emails. The move is aimed at protecting both e-mails and their users.
But devices powered by iOS 8 will have a built-in encryption, regardless of Exchange ActiveSync requiring a passcode or not. Also, on iOS 8 and later versions, Outlook will use a single password to encrypt all the data stored on the device, while Android users may be prompted by Outlook to set a proper length and complexity of their passwords, as well as the number of failed attempts to write the password before the device gets wiped.
Additionally, on Android devices, Outlook will set screen lock rules, as well as storage encryption if not yet available. All the devices who fail to comply with these security policies will not be able to access an Outlook account.
Another important feature brought by the recent update is the IMAP support. Outlook will support the IMAP protocol used by major email providers including AOL.com and Comcast.net. The update will allow Outlook users to access emails from different email providers and from separate devices without hassle.
Outlook for mobile devices has also underwent more subtle enhancements during the last update. The users are now able to change the setting that sorted their emails into conversation threads by choosing to see each email individually. The new setting can be accessed via Setting icon > Organize Mail by Thread > Turn off. This feature, however, is not yet available for Android.
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