Microsoft recently updated the iOS version of its email client Outlook [Direct Link] with the ability for users to enable Touch ID when accessing the app. Outlook is the first of the major email apps on iOS -- including Gmail and Apple's own stock Mail app -- to support the fingerprint security features of Touch ID.

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To set up Touch ID in Outlook, navigate to the "Settings" tab within the app, and then toggle on "Require Touch ID." In addition to basic email features, Outlook provides a calendar feature and the ability to send and view documents via sharing apps like OneDrive and Dropbox, without having to actually leave the app. All of these features can now be guarded by Touch ID as well.

You can now protect your inbox with Touch ID and get the privacy you deserve. Keep your messages away from prying eyes by requiring your fingerprint or device passcode in order to access your Outlook account. To enable Touch ID, take a look at the app Settings under Preferences. (iOS 9 users) Your inbox – and dare we say it, the world – is now at your fingertips.

For anyone looking to switch to Outlook to try out the Touch ID enhancement, the Microsoft app does support other email services including Yahoo! Mail, iCloud, and Gmail. Other basic updates in version 2.2.2 of the app introduce profile photos of event attendees in agenda view and a shortcut in the day and 3-day view that lets users create a new event by simply tapping and holding.

Microsoft Outlook is available for free from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

BMcCoy Avatar
106 months ago
Initially I wondered why this was needed - after all if you have TouchID enabled for the phone, then why would you want it for individual apps?
But I can see the option being useful if you hand your phone to someone else for some reason (eg. look at a video/photos) but you don't want them to be able to open up your email while they have your phone. So I guess having the option to keep individual apps secure makes sense.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
106 months ago
So I was super excited to use this BUT its not unlocking quickly. Took me 3-4 touches to get the app to recognize my fingerprint and still jumped me to the passcode screen.
The "super excited" part probably had you sweating, so the fingerprint recognition wasn't as good?
[doublepost=1457970019][/doublepost]Respect to Microsoft... they are taking the Apple-IBM collaboration very seriously. Enterprise customers would love this feature.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sp3k0psv3t Avatar
106 months ago
Beating Apple with their own app support lol.

Love it
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
d5aqoëp Avatar
106 months ago
LMAO Microsoft betters Apple on Apple's own platform!

Seriously though, Apple's default mail app too needs a locking feature. Don't force it on people. Just give us an option to enable it if we want. It is the next logical step!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avanpelt Avatar
106 months ago
So I was super excited to use this BUT its not unlocking quickly. Took me 3-4 touches to get the app to recognize my fingerprint and still jumped me to the passcode screen.
Certain apps shouldn't be less or more accurate than others in terms of the Touch ID sensor so I'm not sure what's going on there.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
106 months ago
So I was super excited to use this BUT its not unlocking quickly. Took me 3-4 touches to get the app to recognize my fingerprint and still jumped me to the passcode screen.

Unlock phone - instant touch id
Touch app to unlock app - not smooth

So maybe the implementation will improve. Love the idea.
Doesn't make sense. It's the same process, and mine opens just fine.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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