At Microsoft Ignite, Outlook for iOS and Android announced support for deploying managed device general app configuration settings for Office 365 mailboxes and on-premises mailboxes leveraging hybrid modern authentication. This capability leverages either the Managed App Configuration for iOS or the Android managed configurations to enable MDM solutions to push configuration settings. Today, we are announcing the availability of new functionality within Intune that enables admins to easily deploy general app configuration to Outlook for iOS and Android via App configuration policies. This new functionality allows IT admins to configure the default behavior for several settings within Outlook for iOS and Android, such as Focused Inbox.
Note: For Outlook for iOS and Android to apply these settings, the app needs to be installed and managed by the Company Portal.Figure 1: App Configuration Policy for Outlook for iOS on enrolled iOS devices from https://devicemanagement.microsoft.com. If you're in https://portal.azure.com, then you'll go to Intune -> Client apps -> App configuration policies and add a configuration policy.
|Setting||Default app behavior||Notes|
|Require Biometrics to access the app||Off||This setting is only available for Outlook for iOS. If using App Protection Policies, Microsoft recommends disabling this setting to prevent dual access prompts.|
|Save Contacts||Off||User must grant access to the native Contacts app for contact sync to occur.|
|External Recipients MailTip||On|
|Block external images||Off|
Note: The Allow user to change setting for Require Biometrics to access the app is currently only available as a configuration key. This will be addressed in a future Intune portal update. For more information regarding the configuration key, please see Deploy app config settings.The following conditions apply with respect to Outlook’s behavior when implementing app configuration:
Note: With Android Enterprise, administrators can configure the default permissions assigned to the managed app. Within the policy, you can define that Outlook for Android is granted READ_CONTACTS and WRITE_CONTACTS within the work profile; for more information on how to assign permissions, please see Add app configuration policies for managed Android devices. When assigning default permissions it is important to understand which Android Enterprise deployment models are in use, as the permissions may grant access to personal data.The workflow for enabling Save Contacts is the same for new accounts and existing accounts.
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