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Microsoft Releases A Hobbled Outlook iOS App That Pretty Much No One Will Use

on July 16, 2013

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Outlook is now available for the iPhone and iPad. Kind of. Don’t expect full Outlook functionality. This isn’t a MS Office Outlook app; this is stripped down mail, calendar and contacts app much like the one found in Windows 8. It’s free to download to iOS devices right now. But, in typical Microsoft fashion, it’s not that simple.

Outlook Web App, the app’s oh-so-catchy name, requires a subscription to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite. This is the same $100-a-year subscription needed to use Office on iOS, which seems to state that Microsoft doesn’t want anyone to use their apps. Because, well, if these apps were free, it would eliminate the MS Surface RT’s main selling point.

It’s sad because OWS seems like a quality application that brings Windows 8’s flat styling to iOS. This app also brings Exchange support to iOS in a native app that supports push…

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