At the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in March, Microsoft has announced that will be bringing a native OWA mobile app to Android phones. Today, Microsoft are pleased to announce a pre-release of this app available in the Google Play store.
During this pre-release, we’ll be gathering feedback, fixing bugs and making sure the app is ready for prime time! The app distribution will be limited to a few devices to begin with. We’ll be adding new device support regularly so if your device isn’t supported right now, check back often. Also, let us know which devices we should add next by voting here. Learn more of the background behind OWA for Android on this week’s Garage Series.
Can I use OWA for Android?
Here are the requirements to use OWA for Android:
- Your device is running Android 4.4 Kit Kat or higher
- Your mailbox must be running on Office 365 for business (doesn’t include Office 365 personal, Office 365 Home or Outlook.com)
- Your device size is considered “small” or “normal” by Android OS
What can I do on OWA for Android?
Everything you can do on OWA for iPhone, you can do on OWA for Android.
When you install the app from the Google Play store, you should see the OWA icon on the Android home screen.
The navigation screen provides easy access to Outlook, Calendar, and People.
When you tap on Outlook, you get a list view of new messages in your inbox.
If you tap on any individual message, you open the reading pane for that message, which includes support for other new features announced at MEC such as inline URL previews.
The Calendar and People experiences have also been optimized for the Android phone.
So does this app do anything differently than OWA for iPhone?
With OWA for Android, if you’ve enabled the app to sync your contacts to your device, you can update those contacts directly from the device’s address book and OWA will make sure the changes get changed in your Office 365 mailbox. So, if someone sends you a new phone number in a text message you can just update the contact on your phone, and you’ll see the change reflected in OWA.