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The Garage Series Under the Hood: Evolving Exchange ActiveSync and OWA for Devices

OWA for Android phones is here. This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Greg Baribault once again from the Exchange ActiveSync engineering team. They explain the rich history and evolution of EAS from protocol to mobile device management then finally to OWA for Devices. Along the way Greg demos OWA for Android, explains the underpinnings of notifications when connecting to on premises Exchange and Jeremy explains the new selective wipe with OWA for Devices versus a traditional full device wipe and reset.

This week we continue the email theme with another show recorded in Austin, Texas at the MEC Conference. We brought on Greg Baribault last season in the Garage Series to explain how Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) has evolved over the years. This week we explain Exchange ActiveSync from its earliest appearance as AirSync in the Microsoft Mobile Information Server in the Exchange Server 2000 timeframe and updates for subsequent releases of Exchange Server. Over the years, policy controls were added to support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and then Allow/Block/Quarantine to provide Exchange admins further controls in order to specify trusted device models.

Eventually, these needs culminated to provide a full fidelity email and calendaring experience with support for things rarely implemented like Information Rights Management, email delegation, setting automatic replies or even free/busy in calendaring. When you combine that with the more frequent adoption of BYOD putting pressure on IT departments to manage only the email and calendar-related device storage plus devices’ support for hooking into notification protocols and HTML5 content, OWA for Devices has emerged to fit the need. With support for iPhone, iPad and Android phones, it provides comparable and device-tailored experience of the newest Outlook Web App – even with support for Policy Tips and the new Mail Apps.

Of course we demonstrate all of this and I show the difference between the traditional full device wipe and reset compared to what OWA for Devices enables as a selective wipe or app-level reset. If your IT department allows BYOD, you’ll want to check out this show.

Next week, we invite Jake Zborowski on the show to discuss the latest in change management for Office 365.

See you then,

Jeremy Chapman

More resources

OWA for Android now available on select devices

Setting up Push Notifications with an On-Premises Exchange Server

Mail Apps demonstrated in OWA for Android phones

Office 365 Technology Blog: OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad

TechNet: Exchange ActiveSync in Exchange Online

TechNet: Mobile Device Mailbox Policies in Exchange Online

Garage Series Video Channel

Garage Series Season 1 Blog Archive

Follow @OfficeGarage on Twitter

Office 365 Garage Series Apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8


About the Garage Series hosts

By day, Jeremy Chapman works at Microsoft, responsible for optimizing the future of Office client and service delivery as the senior deployment lead. Jeremy’s background in application compatibility, building deployment automation tools and infrastructure reference architectures has been fundamental to the prioritization of new Office enterprise features such as the latest Click-to-Run install. By night, he is a car modding fanatic and serial linguist. Greg Baribault is a Principal Group Program Manager in the Exchange engineering team with more than a decade of experience working on Exchange ActiveSync and device management policies.


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