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Microsoft Outlook for Android and iOS Updated with New Security Controls

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Microsoft is definitely going for it when it comes to the mobile industry.

It started with the acquisition of Nokia mobile and it has transformed the brand to Nokia Lumia, coming up with some of the best ever smartphones, both for low and high-end users.

The company’s push for mobile productivity is not about to stop any time soon as it has announced that it will be rolling out new security controls for Microsoft Outlook app on Android and iOS platforms. Put aside the updates for the Windows 10 Mobile platform, this recently updated Outlook app is centered on the many devices that are in current use for mobile productivity.

Enhanced authentication method

According to Microsoft, the recent update in Outlook will bring about a change in the authentication method by eliminating the old version in favor of a new ADAL-based authentication when it comes to Exchange Online mailboxes available in Office 365.

If you are an IT pro, you will now have the ability to configure a number of access points for Outlook Office 365 on mobile devices. ADAL, standing for Active Directory Authentication Library, is a form of authentication stack that lets Outlook engage in a browser-based authentication with respect to Office 365. As opposed to having to go through a very long sign in process to authenticate, users will now be able to directly sign in to Office 365.

Users of Outlook will now be able to enjoy safe and easy access to their emails and avoid being asked for credentials. This is true because the sign-in will be authenticated with the sign in of Office 365.

Update to be rolled out to all Office 365 users

In the next few weeks, users of Office 365 will notice a prompt asking them to re-login.  Complying with this prompt will launch a new ADAL page for signing in. Once you are done with signing in to this account, all the accounts will be converted to the new and more robust ADAL-based authentication automatically.

There are promises from the Microsoft Office team that there are still more features to come and all of them are centered on the ADAL form of authentication. According to Microsoft, this will essentially be laying down a new groundwork for managing mobile devices.