Microsoft Outlook on iPad and iPhone

Posted by Emory Kale
Let's be honest: about time. Outlook Web App (OWA) is going all Apple on us. But, if you look at the interface, it looks like Apple is going all Microsoft tile-y. Hmmm.
 
 
Steve Chew, senior product marketing manager in the Exchange technical marketing team, had to this to say on the official Office 365 blog
 
Today, we are excited to announce the availability of OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which provide even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online.  OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with mobile devices.
 
Our goal is to help our customers remain productive anytime, anywhere.  This includes providing a great email experience on smartphones and tablets.  Windows Phone 8 comes with a top-notch native email client in Outlook Mobile, and we offer Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), which is the de-facto industry standard for accessing Exchange email on mobile devices.  In order to better support many of our customers who use their iPhones and iPads for work, we are introducing OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which bring a native Outlook Web App experience to iOS devices!
 
Now, take a look at the navigation screen on an iPad and iPhone:
 
 
That looks awfuly Windows 8-ish. But, let's give it marks for being flat design. Yay for flat design.
 
But, overall, the app looks good. I mean it comes with the hefty price tag of an Office 365 subscription account with the latest update of Exchange Online, but what can you do, it's cash cow.
 
Here are some screen shots from the release, but get the full monty on the Office 365 blog:
 
Inbox view on the iPad.
 
A quick swipe of each list view item reveals a set of actions such as delete, flag, move and mark as read/unread.  You can swipe multiple list view items to take action on all items at once.  Swipe again to deselect an item.