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Update: Microsoft has stated in a blog post that support is limited to a select number of devices for this pre-release version. The company is opening up compatibility regularly, so if your device isn't supported just yet, check back later.

When a Microsoft app comes to Android, chances are that it's not going to be exciting (seriously, take a look at the list). This is not a jab at the competing tech giant. Instead, it's an acknowledgment that the company makes a great deal of money off business and corporate clients, not just consumers. Microsoft's latest Android app is an example of this. OWA (Outlook Web Access) for Android is an email client that only works with Office 365 for Business. Personal and Home Premium don't make the cut here, and Outlook.com users should look elsewhere.

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The Play Store page says this is pre-release software, so don't be surprised if there are bugs or hiccups of some kind. These things tend to happen around the launch of a new app, but this time the company is giving an explicit heads up. Here's the list of features, followed by a download link.

Features:

  • Get work done faster with email
  • Organize your email quickly with Conversation View, Mark as Junk, Flag, and Categories
  • Quickly search or browse email in all folders including Outlook Favorites
  • Inline apps provide shipment tracking, Bing maps for addresses, and other great features
  • Manage your schedule with ease
  • Organize your email quickly with Conversation View, Mark as Junk, Flag, and Categories
  • View shared calendars including delegate support
  • Use your voice to look up a contact or bring up your schedule (hold down the switcher button on the bottom-left)
  • Your mailbox's contacts go with you
  • No need to use ActiveSync to see your mailbox's contacts on your phone. OWA for Android will sync your contacts to your phone.
  • Update your contact's information from your phone's address book and the changes are sync'd back to your mailbox.
  • Keep business data secure
  • No need to have a PIN on your device (unless your admin requires encryption)! Just skip the device administrator setup and we'll setup a PIN for you within the app.
  • Remote wipe erases only your corporate date in OWA for Android and leaves your personal data on the device alone.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • erz2192

    Got the dreaded "This app is incompatible with all of your devices."

    Still have the good ol' Galaxy Nexus, running 4.4.2. Maybe since they are clear that it is pre-release, they forgot to make it available to all devices? Will check later.

  • Freek Smulders

    "Your device isn't compatible with this version" on my Nexus 7
    "This item isn't available in your country" on my Nexus 5

    • MrCalifornia

      Isn't Compatible with HTC One (M8) either

      • Andrés

        Not compatible with Nexus 4. I know it's a prerelease but not a single Nexus device supported?

    • Hayden Lewis

      My S5 is compatible

    • KERR

      Likewise, but I used APK Downloader to download it directly from the play store:
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=apk.downloader

      Installed OK, but only works for Office 365 (not Exchange 2010 etc)

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  • c0n0r

    Not compatible with my 4.4.3 Nexus 4.
    The only surprise about this is that it took so long. Office 365 has been around for over 3 years and the Android app is only being released now. OSX still doesn't have a Sky/One Drive app.

    • yieldway17

      Skydrive/Onedrive for OS X has been available for some time now. In the Mac app store.

  • Simps

    Not in the UK. Great....

    • Mick

      I'm in the UK, but my 2012 N7, and my Xperia Z both get the not compatible message.
      Both on 4.4.3

    • Christofftofferson

      Works for me

  • moelsen8

    so this isn't just something i can use to access my work's webmail, right? i got really excited for a second. i refuse to allow my work the power to wipe my device at any moment they might feel like it.

    • Ambroos

      You should be able to, as long as your work uses Office 365, the Microsoft-hosted variant of Exchange. Still supports wipe, but not your whole phone:
      Remote wipe erases only your corporate date in OWA for Android and leaves your personal data on the device alone.

    • Ixil

      My workplace must have it blocked or something. It "finds my settings" but "my server is temporarily down".

    • spunker88

      It lets you deny device administrator privileges meaning the app cannot wipe your phone. If you deny this permission it makes you set an additional 4 digit PIN to log in.

      • aaron

        Not for my case.
        there is no option to deny. I have to accept it to encrypt the device or the app closes. And now I can't even uninstall it! damn!

  • rcrow490

    I have a Motorola RAZR MAXX HD, Motorola Xoom, Nexus 7, and Galaxy S4. Only compatible with my Galaxy S4.

  • nxtiak

    Sweet! It works on my Nexus 5 with my work Office 365 Business email account!
    Much better than the built in Email program!

    • Christofftofferson

      Doesn't work with my Uni email address. Damn!

  • evol1knobi

    Pretty nice! This is app is a lot nicer looking than the stock email app for work.

  • nxtiak

    Hmmmm no option to specify Notification tone for it????? It uses the phone's Default notification tone... b0000

  • nxtiak

    Also not getting any notifications of new email. I had to open the app then it showed up the new emails, but no notification. This is a sucky pre-release

  • deltatux

    I still fail to see why I want this over the standard Android email client which does the same thing...

    • http://rahulkadukar.com rahulkadukar

      A lot of companies (I know Deloitte for sure) do not allow Android devices to sync with the Outlook server, so this is a good option.

  • xnifex

    Not compatible with Nexus 4 running 4.4.2

  • Mystery Man

    Annnnnnnnnnnd its only for office 365

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      Yes, the article said that.

  • spunker88
  • smallcoder

    Come on Microsloth - been paying for 365 home in the UK for ages and this would be ideal. Hey, you might even encourage people to sign up with you if you get your ass in gear and release this for all devices/countries. Sheesh !

  • dude2k5

    Runs on my HTC One (m7) 4.4.3, though it's pretty slow and buggy, the "Opening mailbox" screen pops up a few times.

  • KERR

    Not compatible with my S3, galaxy tab or Asus Tab :(

  • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

    Download worked on my AUS Nexu5

  • warcaster

    So it's not even a native app? Really? How is that "support"?

  • Umar Ali

    Noob question: Whats the difference between the OWA app and the Outlook.com app?

    Background:
    I have my work email configured on Office 365, and on the desktop I am using MS Outlook and on Android i have it configure on the native android Email app.

  • armshouse

    Side loaded the app. It looks nice in my opinion, but is very laggy (on my nexus 5). I think it's more a webapp rather than a native app. Each click takes a while to respond. Shame

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  • Stalemate

    Can install via Play Store on my Note 3, in Canada, but will need to wait for on-premise Exchange integration before I can test it out.

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