Today we are announcing the retirement of OWA for iPhone, iPad and Android. For the last several years Microsoft has focused on delivering an effortless user experience and bolstering security in the native Outlook app for iOS and Android devices. We’ve used your feedback to make Outlook an award-winning app and the best way to experience Office 365 features on a mobile device. Now we’re helping all users to migrate to Outlook while retiring the OWA mobile apps:
In April 2018, the OWA for iPhone, iPad and Android apps will no longer be available for download from Apple’s iTunes store and the Google Play store.
Also in April, OWA mobile app users will see a recurring in-app message notifying them of the date when the app will be retired, with a link to download Outlook for iOS or Android.
On May 15, 2018, the OWA mobile apps will stop working. Office 365 users who attempt to open them will be greeted with a message directing them to download Outlook for iOS or Android.
It is easy for users to move over to the Outlook app for iOS or Android. To learn how, see the step by step instructions here. If you are an Office 365 administrator and received a notice today in the Office 365 Message Center, it means one or more people in your organization are still using the OWA mobile app. If you don’t receive a notice in Message Center, then you don’t need to take any administrative action. Should you need additional details and support regarding the retirement plans of the OWA mobile apps, please refer to this article.
Outlook for iOS and Android has an architecture fully powered by the Microsoft Cloud and has 4.5+ star ratings in the app stores. And as we streamline our mobile portfolio, we’ll be able to further focus our efforts to deliver on our promise of the best-in-class, enterprise-grade mail, calendar and search experience and the best way to experience Office 365 features on a mobile device with Outlook.