As announced earlier this year (for the third time to date, mind you), the OWA app for the Android platform is finally here! OWA for Android is a “native” app that reprises the in-browser OWA. Up until now, corporate workers have used it on devices that don’t support the full-fledged Outlook client.
The app is intended to offer the same functionality as OWA in a browser, letting users access email, calendars and contacts housed on a company’s off-premises Exchange server. The beta of OWA for Android requires a device with a “small” or “normal” screen as defined by Google (generally up to five inches); Android 4.4, aka “KitKat” or later; and an Office 365 mailbox.
But, before you get too excited, there are some important restrictions.
- Your mailbox must be on the latest version of Office 365 for business (excludes Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home Premium).
- This app won’t work with Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) mailboxes.
- Support for on-premise Exchange servers will be announced in the future.
Based on our initial testing, the above restrictions are real. The release of this feature to Office 365 first seems to line up with what was communicated at MEC; Office 365 users will get new features and functionality first, and on premise Exchange users will get the functionality later.
Check out my webinar on Microsoft Exchange Conference 2014.
If you want to take a look at the app yourself, head on over to Google Play.