Outlook Web Access (OWA) apps for iPhone and iPad, available to those with Office 365 subscription is released today to the Apple App Store.
In order to use the OWA app for iPhone or iPad, you must have a subscription to Office 365 that includes the latest update of Exchange Online.
"OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with mobile devices," Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
"Windows Phone 8 comes with a top-notch native email client in Outlook Mobile, and we offer Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), which is the de-facto industry standard for accessing Exchange email on mobile devices. In order to better support many of our customers who use their iPhones and iPads for work, we are introducing OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which bring a native Outlook Web App experience to iOS devices!"
OWA brings all of the same benefits of Outlook Web App in the browser to your iPhone and iPad.
The OWA app for iPhone, features a one-column list view with controls to switch to the folder pane and reading pane. On the other hand, the inbox in OWA for iPad features a two-column view that shows the list view and reading pane with the folder pane collapsed.
In addition, it offers some capabilities only available through native integration with the device:
- Stored credentials so you are automatically logged into the app
- Push notifications that actively notify you of new email
- Meeting reminders that pop up even when the app is closed
- Voice activated actions like scheduling a meeting or sending email
- Contact sync so that OWA contacts are recognized by the iPhone's caller ID function
- Remote wipe capability that allows IT to delete email and calendar data in the app from the device in the event that the device gets lost or the user leaves the organization
Q: What Office 365 subscription plans include OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad?
A: Any Office 365 subscription plan that includes the latest update of Exchange Online also includes OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad. Specifically, these plans are: Office 365 Small Business; Office 365 Small Business Premium; Office 365 Midsize Business; Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3 and E4; Office 365 Kiosk K1 and K2; Office 365 Education A2, A3 and A4; and any Exchange Online plan. There are also Office 365 government plans that include OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad.
You will need to sign in to your Office 365 subscription on first run to activate OWA. If you aren't already an Office 365 subscriber, you can visit www.office.com to learn more and sign up.
Q: What are the requirements to use OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad?
A: There are two key requirements:
- First, you need an Office 365 subscription that includes the latest update of Exchange Online. After you download OWA onto your iPhone or iPad, just sign in with your Office 365 credentials to get started.
- Second, you need an iPhone 4S or higher and an iPad 2 or higher. The device must also be running iOS 6 or higher.
Q: What happens if I cancel my Office 365 subscription but I'm using OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad?
A: If your Office 365 subscription ends, you will no longer be able to access OWA from your iPhone or iPad. You can reactivate OWA by renewing your subscription and signing in with a valid user name.
Microsoft also delivered an update to OneNote Windows Store app for touch and Office 365.
The update adds two things--first, you can now sign in with your Office 365 account so that you can easily open your work notes. Here's how:
- "Tap More Notebooks.
- At the bottom left, tap the plus button that says Add a work or school account to see more notebooks.
- Sign in with your work or school account.
- That's it! Now you can see a list of your recently used notebooks. Just tap one to open it," explains Office team.
Second, the company made it easier to dismiss the on-screen keyboard on your touch device so you can see the whole screen for reading.
Normally, in Windows 8 you don't have to think about the keyboard. It shows up when you tap into a text box and it goes away when you tap outside. It works great. So how do you tap "outside" in OneNote? Just tap into any empty space and the keyboard will go away.
OneNote for Windows 8 can be downloaded here.
Microsoft also announced that the City of San Jose and its more than 5,000 employees will now be using Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure and StorSimple to expand productivity, reduce operational costs, and deliver improved services to more than 984,000 residents in the Silicon Valley.
Update 07/18: Microsoft just revealed that Germany's Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) needed a way to empower its 1,900 employees working on both ships and land, to do their jobs more effectively using mobile devices loaded with familiar Microsoft Office 365 apps.
To meet their goal, they started with 500 users' devices in February and in a second wave, another 1,400 employees receive those installations alongwith online versions of Exchange and SharePoint. And, "in just a few months, HPA saw some great results, including: enhanced productivity on land and water, fewer disruptions during upgrades, four times faster software deployment and improved emergency response thanks to streaming updatesm" Microsoft wrote.
And, in this episode of Office Garage Series, the company exaplin the latest FastTrack onboarding approach and demonstrate the new IDFix tool to help prepare for Single Sign On with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).
"With an emphasis on getting up and running quickly, then adding integration along the way, Jeremy and Keith will walk through the FastTrack approach and tools. Jeremy will also hit the streets of the Big Easy as he determines if it's faster to set up a demo environment with 100 users in Office 365 or on a local install of Exchange 2013," stated Office team.
Microsoft making its Office 365 sevice ;much more worthy purchase is now throwing in a free 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription with every Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 University yearly subscription.
The offer is available until September 28, in 38 different countries including the UK, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Unfortunately, this offer is not available in the United States.
Those who do redeem the offer can do so by logging into your Office 365 email during initial setup.
Check it out here.