This week, Microsoft officials announced a “retirement” of a Outlook on a Web mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Outlook on a Web — a latest Microsoft name for what it creatively called (and calls in a Mar 7 blog post) “Outlook Web Apps” — are being transposed by a local Outlook apps for iOS and Android devices.
Here’s a phase-out calendar from Microsoft:
- April 2018: The OWA for iPhone, iPad and Android apps will no longer be accessible for download from Apple’s iTunes store and a Google Play store.
- April 2018: OWA mobile app users will see a repeated in-app summary notifying them of a date when a app will be retired, with a couple to download Outlook for iOS or Android.
- May 15, 2018: The OWA mobile apps will stop working. Office 365 users who try to open them will be greeted with a summary directing them to download Outlook for iOS or Android.
Not everyone’s happy about a transition, as is transparent from a comments on a Microsoft blog post. One reason: Even yet Microsoft officials contend they trust a local Outlook mobile apps are now good enough, there are still a series of facilities that are in a Outlook on a Web versions that are not upheld in a local versions.
A draft comparing a functionality of Outlook on a Web mobile, Outlook for iOS and Android and Outlook 2016 backs these users’ cases. (Thanks to RedmondMag.com for a couple to this chart.)
Outlook on a Web lets users contend favorite folder lists, rename folders, view/send mail from common mailboxes and more, while a new local Outlook apps for iOS and Android don’t. Microsoft officials contend some of a “key” blank facilities (such as common mailbox mail) will be combined before a finish of calendar 2018.
If you’re wondering, like we was, either Microsoft’s subsequent pierce is to dump support for some of a other web apps (Word Web app, Excel Web app, etc.), a answer is no, according to a spokesperson. The orator says this pierce is singular to Outlook.
The full matter we got from a spokesperson:
“In new years, we’ve invested heavily in delivering an endowment winning user knowledge and bolstering confidence in Outlook for iOS and Android, and have reached a indicate where a core value surpasses that of a OWA mobile apps. Key facilities have been built into a local Outlook mobile app. Remaining capabilities, such as Shared Mailboxes, will be built into Outlook by a finish of a year though in a meantime, users can still entrance all OWA facilities from a browser on their mobile device.”
So that’s an critical indicate for those not prepared to cut a Outlook for a Web/OWA cord: Browser-based entrance to Outlook for a Web still works and will continue to work for a time-being.