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Microsoft enables mobile-app management for Outlook on iOS, Android

Microsoft is turning on new management capabilities for Outlook for iOS and Android with its Intune mobile-device-management service.

Microsoft is now enabling businesses to manage more granularly its Outlook apps for iOS and Android using Intune, its mobile-device-management service.

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The new management capabilities for the Outlook apps -- the rebranded versions of the Acompli e-mail clients -- are about protecting corporate data in Outlook. The new functionality is part of the regularly monthly set of Intune updates from Microsoft. (So far, the company hasn't shared what else is in the set of June updates.)

Via conditional access, administrators can restrict capabilities for unmanaged and non-compliant mobile devices, preventing them from accessing Exchange Online and Exchange on-premises. Outlook on iOS and Android both will now support the selective-wipe feature in Intune, which allows admins to delete corporate data without affecting personal data on retired or unenrolled devices.

In a June 18 blog post, Microsoft officials explained the new functionality:

"With Intune MAM (mobile application management) , you can restrict actions such as cut, copy, paste, and 'save as' of corporate data between the Intune-managed Outlook app and personal apps like Twitter or Facebook, and with conditional access, you can restrict unmanaged and non-compliant devices from accessing Exchange Online."

Another Microsoft blog post includes step-by-step instructions for enabling the Intune management for Outlook for iOS and Android.

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Intune is a key component of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), as well as a standalone device-management service. Microsoft is touting its ability to lock down not just devices, but also the files and data on mobile devices, as its selling point for its mobile-management offerings.

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