Microsoft just released a new version of the Outlook for iOS and Android that goes along the corporate security standards. Previously the app faced a lot of criticism for not matching with the industry safety standards, however, this new update comes with a PIN lock feature to lock out app in the smartphone.

This new secure Outlook for iOS works only in the iOS 8 as it relies heavily on the iOS cryptographic libraries. iOS 8 has been termed as the most secure mobile operating ever developed by the Cupertino giant. Microsoft Outlook asks the user to enter a secret PIN, which is stored locally on the device, to access the email client.

Microsoft in a blog post said, “Outlook now implements password enforcement using Exchange ActiveSync. If your company email policy requires that devices have a password in order to sync mail, Outlook will enforce this at the device level. How this works on iOS and Android devices varies slightly, based on the available controls provided by Apple and Google.”

However, one major disadvantage of the app is that it doesn’t allow you to use it without setting up a security key. Outlook for iOS and Android both doesn’t enable the user to run the application without creating a key.

Outlook for Android the “Outlook will enforce screen lock rules” Microsoft said, “Google provides controls that allow Outlook to honor additional Office 365 and Exchange policies regarding password length and complexity requirements and the number of allowable screen-unlock attempts before wiping the phone. It will also encourage storage encryption if it is not enabled. Outlook will guide users through this process with a step-by-step walkthrough.”

It been only two weeks since Outlook for Android and iOS were launched, and the company has released yet another update featuring some significant security features.

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