Microsoft never stops innovating its operating systems, apps and programs, keeping the level high enough to remain on top of the business. As a consequence, just two weeks after the debut of the new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, Microsoft has already made some changes that were needed and expected. The mobile email apps were those that needed a boost, and it happened fast. The experts from Microsoft have posted on the official blog on Tuesday about the new aspects of these particular fields. Microsoft Office 365 focuses on Outlook app changes in the IT controls and security department.
The Outlook apps have been released in January, providing e-mail, contacts and calendar access, and the need of special IT controls was required. Even if the Android version of the apps is still in a preview mode, Microsoft wants to update everything “every few weeks”. Innovation hasn’t been any faster. Additionally to the added controls, some new security enhancements are also included in the package.
As far as the new IT controls are concerned, the IT professionals can now demand certain passwords for using the apps on Android and iOS devices, using the Exchange ActiveSync. This instrument consists in constraining the end user to set up a personal identification number (PIN) in order to receive an e-mail with the help Outlook. Microsoft’s announcement sets the responsibility on the shoulders of the device and not the app, leading to an easier and smoother user experience. The approach towards the device level means that one single PIN is enough to access the e-mail, whereas if it was left at an app level, two PINS were needed. This particular fact could be a “cumbersome”, as Microsoft states. In addition, the device-level PIN supports some other features, for instance “native device encryption, TouchID on iOS and Smart Lock on Android.”
The Office 365 team wrote that:
“Outlook now implements password enforcement using Exchange ActiveSync; if your company email policy requires that devices have a password in order to sync mail, Outlook will enforce this at the device level. We’ve also made improvements to how quickly admin-led remote wipes are executed—they now happen within seconds.”
Even if system administrators will most certainly welcome the new ideas and procedures that are meant to make the applications respond to a series of needs and interests, users such as the EU Parliament could have a different opinion. The reason behind this issue is that they abrogated the use of the app after discovering corporate credentials were being stored on third party servers.
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