outlook web app

Microsoft has launched a public beta of its Outlook Web App (OWA) webmail service for Android devices. The company previously announced its plans to launch such an app in late March.

OWA is used mostly by Office 365 business subscribers or by Microsoft Exchange Server customers. Indeed, the requirements for the new Android app state that it can only be used by Office 365 business plans at the moment. It also needs Android 4.4 KitKat or later to run and is recommended for use by devices that have small or normal sized displays. In other words, phablets and tablets are not meant for this first release.

Among the many features in this first beta is the ability for the user to use his or her voice to look up a contact or check out the schedule. The Calendar and People features in OWA have also been optimized for the Android app. Microsoft says it will be taking feedback from this first beta release and will be adding features, along with support for more Android devices, in future updates.

Microsoft previously made its other Office web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint free to use for Android devices. There are rumors that the company will release full featured Office apps for Android sometime before the end of 2014.

Assuming your Android device will work with this first beta, will you be trying out Outlook Web App?

You can download the Outlook Web App right now from Google Play.