As announced at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in March, Microsoft today released a native OWA mobile app to Android phones. This is a pre-release of this app available in the Google Play store. Microsoft is looking to gather feedback, fixing bugs and making sure the app is ready for prime time! You can vote which devices support Microsoft should add next by voting here.
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
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.