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Outlook Web App goes native on Android

Gregg Keizer | June 13, 2014
Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of Outlook Web App (OWA) for Google's Android, fulfilling a promise made in March.

Still others took Microsoft to task for the off-premises Exchange requirement. "Not everyone uses Office 365!!!" said Adam Bohn, who apparently was entranced by exclamation marks. "It's ridiculous that this app is exclusively for Office 365. Many organizations host their own Exchange servers and use Outlook 2013. There is absolutely no reason this app should be exclusive to Office 365!!!"

Microsoft replied to Bohn's comment -- and others of similar ilk -- in the Reviews section of Google Play. "For this pre-release we're focused on making this app great for Office 365 mailboxes," a company representative countered. "We do not have any news to share at this time regarding our plans for on-premises Exchange."

Some scoffed at Microsoft's vagueness. "By the sounds of ... Microsoft's response it will be a very cold day when they offer this to work with on-premise Exchange servers," groused Nicholas Goss.

Microsoft did not plot a timetable for OWA's launch on Android. The company will reportedly launch a touch-based Office on Android -- something similar to Office for iPad -- before the end of the year; Microsoft would wrap up OWA before then if it followed the sequence it used for iOS.

OWA for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play.


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