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Stratustician
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1/30/2015 | 4:19:37 PM
BYOD
The sad reality is that often folks want flexibility and by offering stronger apps which allow better integration with internal systems (usually exchange-related), it's going to be easier to allow other non-windows devices to be considered for the overall business ecosystem, driving mobility and BYOD strategies.  Its a great move for Microsoft as they still will maintain a strong part of that ecosystem, independent of underlying device hardware.
pcharles09
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1/30/2015 | 6:59:38 PM
MAJOR SECURITY FLAW
Alas, Microsoft releases an app for their flagship email client. Don't enjoy it too much if you're a business user. There's a major security flaw in the way the app works. Logins are stored in the cloud. Specifically:

"the app stores user email and server credentials in the cloud without readily informing users, which jeopardises corporate security"

Not good fresh out of the gate. So if you decide to use the app, beware. I suggest not using it at all.
pcharles09
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1/30/2015 | 7:02:05 PM
Re: BYOD
@Stratustician,

User beware, I mentioned the major security loophole below. Hopefully MSFT addresses this ASAP!
Stratustician
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1/30/2015 | 7:23:07 PM
Re: BYOD
That is not good news, hopefully we will see a fix shortly. Luckily adoption cycles tend to be slow, so it will be awhile before corporate rollouts are done, giving lots of time for testing. A great reminder that mobile applications often have security flaws, even when from trusted vendors.
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1/31/2015 | 8:44:58 AM
rip off
> Outlook now allows users to sort emails into "focused" and "other" columns
> so that important notices rise to the surface, while secondary messages are
> placed to the side.

Isnt this a rip off of Google's PRIMARY and others (Social, Promotions) feature already introduced half an  year ago? Microsoft is always playing catch up, when it can do so much better given its mammoth size and budget!
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1/31/2015 | 8:49:35 AM
Re: BYOD
I agree with you. I am not quite sure whether this links with the new outlook 365 emails which is the web view of outlook. However I find it very useful in my day to day work.
nasimson
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1/31/2015 | 9:02:28 AM
Re: MAJOR SECURITY FLAW
> "the app stores user email and server credentials in the cloud
> without readily informing users, which jeopardises corporate security"

That can be a policy breach - if the corporate security policy is that of not to store passwords in the cloud.

But how can it be security flaw if password is saved and not compromised?
pcharles09
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1/31/2015 | 4:05:35 PM
Re: BYOD
@Stratustician,

I hope so too. The problem is that with corporate BYOD policies, more often than not, the destination app that's on the user's devices isn't limited. The security policies just apply to things like passwords & encryption. If the users do end up downloading & using the Outlook app, they're essentially bypassing all of the BYOD policies since their credentials are stored on MSFT's servers as well.

So hopefully cautious IT departments are picking up on this & locking down apps too!
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1/31/2015 | 4:08:03 PM
Re: MAJOR SECURITY FLAW
@nasimson,

"But how can it be security flaw if password is saved and not compromised?"

The answer to that is 'How do you know when you'll be breached?'

You don't. So the mere fact that user credentials are stored is not a good thing. Look at what happened with the iCloud breach. A few months prior to that, people would probably swear that iCLoud wouldn't get hacked.

Imagine the same scenario, except it's with your CEO's corporate email...
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1/31/2015 | 8:42:57 PM
Re: BYOD
@Stratustician- Do you think Microsoft outlook mobile version will be able to work better than the inbuilt Email app on android?
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