updated 05:22 pm EDT, Wed May 23, 2012
More MS apps expected by end of October
Microsoft is planning on releasing two new native iOS apps using a Metro-style interface by the end of October, an AppleInsider source claims. The first is the Outlook Web App for Exchange 2012 users, also reportedly known as the "OWA Mobile Client for iOS." The app will require both iOS 5 and an Exchange 2012 mailbox, though some offline functions will be supported. Versions for Windows Phone 7.5 and Android 4.0 are planned, but Microsoft documentation is said to list their features as "to be determined," while the iOS app is expected to provide the "best" mobile support.
The other app is a new client for Lync, Microsoft's enterprise-oriented communications platform. The software will allegedly support audio and video conferencing, and render web content natively within the Metro format. Little else is known Microsoft's plans for it.
Regarding rumors of an Office for the iPad, the source says he can't provide comment except to say that it won't build in Outlook functions. Microsoft is allegedly making OWA its main Outlook option on iOS, forcing users of non-Exchange email to turn to other clients such as Apple's core iOS email.