Microsoft said that the Outlook for iOS meets their own established thresholds. This is after the company faced flak regarding the lack of security on these versions of their productivity OS. The tech giant said they continue to work towards meeting industry level security standards. They are likely handling heavy derision of this product on the Outlook support number.
They have set up the Controlling Device Access TechNet guidance so that customers can block the app using the OWA, for versions running on iPhone, iPad or Android. This is only a suggested measure for users who are concerned about the current state of security on these apps. Microsoft said that all of it portfolio companies have been advised to keep the apps from connecting to Exchange or Office 365 at this time.
Outlook for Android is still product that is in preview mode. The iOS version, meanwhile, is in GA. These apps use the Acompli engine, which Microsoft acquired late last year. Customers are waiting for the tech giant to step up the code on the Acompli soon, since this is basically unknown territory for Office users. Microsoft’s recent admission could be taken to mean that they still have not figured out the issues in the app, and for all customers know these could be more severe than the software maker is letting on.
IT department admins these days put great stock by the security and encryption features they can use. The Outlook apps may change the scene for companies that operate under compliance to regulations, as to who gets access to what information on the devices they use.
Microsoft has revealed plans to throw in MDM integration for the applications sometimes soon. This was mentioned in an official blog post recently. Sources say that the MDM feature can fix some of the current issues to an extent. MDM allows the blacklisting of apps or blocking some of the actions they could otherwise perform. But this would only work for enterprises if IT admins could block access to the App Store as well, which would effectively cut off the option to download them onto an iOS device.
Microsoft might install some level of MDM within the Office 365 suite slated for release this quarter. It seems they would have done better adding it in the current apps as well. This is probably one of the newer issues, which find voice on the Outlook support number.