Outlook for Android will support Android 10 device password complexity levels

Outlook for Android will support Android 10 device password complexity levels

Date: Jul 24, 2020

MC219206

 

Summary

Today, Microsoft announces Outlook’s support for device password complexity functionality within Android 10, which is planned for release at the end of August.

Key Points:

  • Timing: end of August with release of new version of Outlook for Android
  • Action: review and assess for your organization

 

When This Will Happen

Timing: end of August with release of new version of Outlook for Android

 

How This Will Affect Your Organization

Outlook for Android will start to target Android 10 and support new functionality offered in this operating system release.  This means Outlook will use API 29 to determine the security grade of the user device password rather than Device Admin.

The specific password complexity criteria and conversion logic used for translating EAS rules to Android 10 security buckets is documented in Mobile device mailbox policies in Exchange Online. It is important to note that at no time is Outlook aware of the actual device password, only its complexity level.  

The change associated with Android 10 will go into effect immediately once the version of Outlook for Android that targets Android 10 is updated at the end of August. For devices that are not upgraded to Android 10 (Android 9 and below), Device Admin will continue to be in use and there are no changes to Outlook’s use of Device Admin from a user experience perspective. 

 

What You Need To Do To Prepare

You may consider reviewing your current password policies for mobile devices and mobile apps. Depending on whether your devices are company owned or BYOD, the recommendation will vary. Our recommendation is that administrators do not rely on Exchange mobile device mailbox policies but instead use a mobile management solution such as Microsoft Intune to set access requirement conditions appropriate for your organization. To learn more visit Outlook mobile Adoption Resources

Additionally, we recommend that your users upgrade to the latest version of Android that is supported on your users’ phones and tablets. 

Additional Information:   

Securing Outlook for iOS and Android

 

 

Details

Article ID: 118289
Created
Tue 10/13/20 8:24 PM