Microsoft has set a kill-by date for a mobile email app that enterprises have prolonged relied on, revelation business they contingency switch to another association app in dual months.
The Outlook Web App (OWA) for iOS and Android will stop operative May 15, Microsoft announced final week. “On May 15, 2018, a OWA mobile apps will stop working,” Eugenie Burrage, of a firm’s product selling team, wrote in a Mar 6 post to a association blog. “Office 365 users who try to open them will be greeted with a summary directing them to download Outlook for iOS or Android.”
In a span of before steps, Microsoft subsequent month will strike OWA from a Apple App Store and a Google Play market, afterwards start warning users of a imminent stop date.
OWA on iOS harked to mid-2013, when Microsoft released a app that reprised a in-browser OWA corporate workers had prolonged used on inclination – initial mobile phones, afterwards smartphones, afterwards tablets – that couldn’t run a bone-fide Windows x86-based Outlook email client.
Microsoft followed that with OWA on Android scarcely a year later.
The iOS and Android OWA apps offering a same functionality as OWA in a browser, vouchsafing users entrance email, calendars and contacts housed on Microsoft-hosted Exchange server. The OWA apps were accessible usually to users lonesome by an employer’s Office 365 subscription.
But ever given Microsoft denounced Outlook-branded apps for iOS, afterwards Android, in Jan 2015, it was certain a association would eventually put a stop-gap resolution of OWA to rest.
“The new Outlook app replaces OWA for iPhone/iPad/Android,” Microsoft put it seemingly during a time. “We are withdrawal a OWA for iPhone/iPad/Android apps in marketplace for a time being since there are some modernized Office 365 and Exchange Server facilities that are not nonetheless accessible in Outlook. Customers who need these modernized facilities (e.g. observation Information Rights Management stable mails, support for Apps for Outlook) can continue to use OWA for iPhone/iPad/Android until those facilities are accessible in Outlook.”
That “time being” has apparently come to a close.
Microsoft’s preference to kill OWA in usually dual months did not lay good with some craving customers, who responded to a proclamation with comments appended to a Redmond, Wash. firm’s blog.
“This is such an nonessential biased movement by Microsoft,” pronounced Tony Mels. “I use OWA … since we don’t wish any email notifications or Unread Message icons.”
“[I use OWA] since it’s not probable to supplement common mailboxes in a local Outlook app [so] we advise users to use this OWA app,” combined Jarno Korterink. “Please initial supplement support for common mailboxes in a local Outlook app before timid this OWA app.”
Sven Mihaly-Bison stretched on Korterink’s dilemma. “Will Outlook be enabled to entrance on-premises common mailboxes? The OWA app is a usually apparatus with a ability to do that. It´s not probable to entrance Exchange 2016 Shared Mailboxes with Outlook as Exchange 2016 works usually with WAP 2016 and WAP 2016 does not support IMAP.”
“What about a supervision tenants? Will a local Outlook app finally be secure enough, so we can use it?” asked Kent Kroft.
“I need to know how my admins should approve emails on mobile devices,” pronounced Robert Woods. “I also need to know how my users whom are not enrolled in Intune should entrance their mailbox now? This was a usually choice to forcing BYOD inclination into MDM enrollment, and we are holding that underline divided but providing a deputy it seems. Please stop deprecating functionality but providing an alternative! We compensate for these features.”
“This is a really remarkable change with really small time to widely forewarn a patron base,” argued Chance Webster. “Bottom line, deprecating a OWA app this shortly is a HORRIBLE thought and we can frequency wait for a inundate of phone calls from indignant clients that I’m certain to get from this remarkable dismissal of an app that has helped them benefit a poignant boost to their daily capability and flexibility.”
To Microsoft’s credit, it responded to many of a angry commenters. To Kroft, for example, who had asked about Outlook app confidence in a supervision environment, Microsoft’s Burrage pronounced that a association designed to finish FedRAMP acceptance and capitulation for Outlook “in a really nearby term” and urged Kroft to keep an eye on a Office 365 Message Center during a subsequent 30-60 days for an announcement.
Others, however, were simply told that their users could continue to entrance OWA by a mobile device’s browser. Such entrance will continue to be accessible after a OWA apps stop working.
“While we are operative to broach a capabilities we are requesting to Outlook for iOS and Android, we can continue to use OWA by a browser on your mobile device,” Burrage pronounced in a final comment.
Not surprisingly, some balked during that advice. “It seems…you are revelation me they [users] will need to use a reduction of Outlook on a iPhone and OWA on a web to get a same functions they already have, that again, we compensate for,” countered Woods. “Such terrible patron experience.”