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Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Microsoft Tech Community: OWA mobile apps to be retired in May

Microsoft Tech Community: OWA mobile apps to be retired in May

In 2013, Microsoft released its Outlook Web App (OWA) for iOS, and rolled out an Android version in 2014 as well.

Naturally, news of OWA's retirement hasn't gone down well with users, with many complaining that Microsoft Outlook mobile app doesn't offer numerous features baked into the firm's web alternative.

From May 15, the apps will stop working altogether and any Office 365 users who open them will be advised it's been discontinued, telling them to download and install the Outlook app for iOS or Android.

"For the last several years Microsoft has focused on delivering an effortless user experience and bolstering security in the native Outlook app for iOS and Android devices".

In April, the users of Outlook-on-the-web app will be notified with an in-app message about the exact date of retirement, along with a link to download Outlook for iOS and Android. In order to streamline their mobile portfolio, Microsoft has now chose to focus their efforts on developing the native mobile apps instead of OWA apps. The apps offered more value to organizations with any Office 365 subscription that also includes Exchange Online, by offering capabilities beyond those offered by Outlook on the web in the browser, such as push notifications, syncing of contacts, voice-activated actions, and more.

As such, it will now be aiding users migrate to Outlook. The OWA App is the only tool with the ability to do that.

Microsoft's OWA apps were created to offer extra functionality compared to the mobile browser iterations of Outlook, such as such as push notifications, syncing of contacts, voice-activated actions, but were superseded by the much richer standalone Outlook apps that offer the same functionality as the desktop versions of Outlook, just on a smaller screen.

Another occasional visitor Jarno Korterink commented, "Because its not possible to add shared mailboxes in the native Outlook app we advice users to use this OWA app".

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