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Microsoft Plans to Release Outlook Web App and Lync for iOS

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Microsoft will allegedly release two native iOS applications on the App Store this fall. People should expect Outlook Web App for Exchange 2012 and an updated mobile version of the Lync communications platform before October 2012 ends. Moreover, both applications are said to feature Microsoft’s Metro user interface.

Outlook Web App for iOS

One of the native iOS applications that will be released by Microsoft is the so-called “Outlook Web App for iOS”. It is said to be compatible with iOS 5 or later, although it will require an Exchange 2012 mailbox to work. What’s good about this application is that it offers offline functionality.

The OWA will also have other mobile versions that will be available for Windows Phone 7.5 and Android 4.0. Users who have smartphones running on the said mobile operating systems should expect the application to arrive around fall 2012 too.

Microsoft already has an Outlook Web App support on mobile devices using a browser, but additional features and functionality will be available when the upcoming iOS app is rolled out. Based on OWA Mobile Client, the native iOS application will provide the “best” support to mobile users, while its availability for other mobile OS is still yet to be determined.

Lync Communications Platform

Other than OWA, Microsoft will also offer new Lync mobile client. The iOS app will have an improved connectivity to the company’s unified communications platform, which is integrated to Microsoft Office. The app includes instant messaging, audio and video chat, and Web conferencing.

Lync for iOS will also natively render Web content using the Metro interface, just like the OWA. This is considered a flight from Lync 2010, which is not built in Metro.

Microsoft Office for iPad

On the other hand, there were no further reports on last Wednesday’s allegations that Microsoft is releasing an Office productivity suite for iPad. It should be recalled that the company was rumored to roll out its Microsoft Office for iPad and Android tablets this November. In relation to this, there were claims that if the Windows maker will release an iOS version of its Office software, it is less likely to build a dedicated Outlook functionality with the suite.

Apparently, the company is intent to make the OWA Mobile Client and integrate it the next version of Exchange server—a primary option for iOS users. This would mean that iOS device owners will be unable to configure non-Exchange IMAP of POP accounts using the rumored Microsoft Office for iPad.

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