Posted by: kurtsh | November 20, 2018

INFO: Outlook for iOS/Android to use native Microsoft sync with Exchange Online

Wow.  Big news!

imageSoon-to-be introduced Microsoft sync technology will replace the current proprietary APIs & translator component currently used & enable Outlook for iOS and Android to take advantage of native Office 365 features it does not support today, such as S/MIME, Microsoft Information Protection labeling, and shared mailboxes. These and more Office 365 features will roll out soon after the architecture update.

Today, the vast majority of accounts using Outlook for iOS and Android connect via a Stateless Protocol Translator component that is built and run in Azure. This component routes data and translates commands, but it doesn’t cache user data. The app is coded with the Outlook device API, a proprietary API that syncs commands and data to and from the app. Exchange Online data is accessed via the publicly available REST APIs. The protocol translator enables communication between Outlook and Exchange Online.

Beginning in December 2018, Microsoft will migrate customers to a native Microsoft sync technology that removes the Stateless Protocol Translator component from the Office 365-based architecture. With the native Microsoft sync technology, Outlook for iOS and Android connects directly to Office 365 for data connections ensuring the data is protected by an HTTP TLS-secured connection end-to-end.

Read more about the transition here:


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