Microsoft Readies Managed Outlook Apps for iOS and Android
This quarter, Microsoft plans to bring its Outlook mobile app into the mobile application management and data leakage protection fold.Microsoft is moving fast to incorporate its new Outlook mobile apps for iOS and Android into the company's cloud-enabled mobile device management (MDM) platform, dubbed Enterprise Mobility Suite. Microsoft released the mobile version of the Outlook email client earlier this year, after acquiring the Francisco-based mobile email startup behind the popular Acompli app for iOS and Android for an undisclosed amount. Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of Outlook and Office 365, said at the time that the deal for Acompli was "part of our company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices," in a statement. Millions of downloads later, Microsoft is looking to help organizations manage and protect those mobile inboxes by having the Outlook app follow in the footsteps of the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant's other mobile productivity offerings. "Over the past 6 months, we have released Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive for Business, and OneNote for both iOS and Android," blogged Brand Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise division. "All of these applications are integrated with the Data Leakage Protection [DLP] and Conditional Access capabilities of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)."
The wait for a secure, mobile Outlook is nearly over, Anderson said. "When the Outlook apps are updated this quarter, they will integrate with the conditional access and mobile application management (MAM) capabilities of EMS."