Microsoft has launched an Outlook Web App (OWA) for Apple's iPhone and iPad, enabling users to get email, calendar and contact information from a Microsoft Exchange account on their mobile device.
Available now from the Apple App Store, OWA offers the same email, calendar and contact functionality that users can get using the Outlook Web App in a web browser, but with additional capabilities only possible in a native app, Microsoft said.
Like Microsoft's Office Mobile app for iOS, released last month, OWA requires an Office 365 subscription, and it must be a subscription that includes Exchange Online.
Microsoft's Andy O'Donald wrote on the Office 365 blog that OWA is part of the company's goal is to help customers remain productive anytime, anywhere.
"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," he said.
In use, OWA enables users to switch between Mail, Calendar, People and Options by tapping an icon in the bottom-left corner of the app.
On top of the capabilities available when using OWA in a browser, the app can store your credentials to automatically sign you in when it starts, supports push notifications for new messages, and meeting reminders that pop up even when the app is closed.
Users can also choose to sync contacts between the iPhone and OWA, so that a contact is recognised when they call.
More importantly for businesses, OWA has a remote-wipe capability that allows an IT department to delete email and calendar data in the app if the device gets lost or a user leaves the organisation.
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