Microsoft continues cross-platform tear, releases Outlook for iOS, Android

Microsoft today launched Outlook for iOS and Android, a rebranded version of startup Acompli’s app, to replace the oft-derided Outlook Web App (OWA) as the go-to mobile email client for Office 365 users.

Microsoft acquired Acompli late last year for a reported $200 million, then immediately folded its developers into the Outlook team and made its former CEO and co-founder Javier Soltero a general manager in the group. At the time, Microsoft said that Acompli Email would be blended “with work currently in progress by the Outlook team.”

In fact, Outlook for iOS and Android — the apps are free — are Acompli Email with a new name. Microsoft dubbed the Android version a preview.

Outlook for the iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store; the Android version is available on Google Play.

Outlook requires iOS 8 or later, or Android 4.0 — aka Ice Cream Sandwich — or later.

Read more at: Computerworld- Microsoft continues cross-platform tear, releases Outlook for iOS, Android By Gregg Keizer