Compare how different mobile devices work with Office 365

Here’s a quick way to see how you can use Office 365 on a variety of phones and tablets.

If you’re looking for information about how to set up a specific phone or tablet, use the following topics:

Area

Task

Surface with Windows RT

Windows Phone

iPhone, iPad

Android

BlackBerry®

BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services1

Nokia (Symbian OS)

Email

Use Outlook Web App to read mail

Yes

Yes

Yes

Light version

Light version

Light version

Use Outlook for iPhone or iPad or Outlook for Android

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Use POP or IMAP email

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Use Exchange ActiveSync

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Search global address list

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sync calendar and contacts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Remote wipe

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Admin PIN reset

No

No

No

No

No

No

Collaborate

Use Office Online in Office 365

Edit

View-only in browser. Edit in Office Mobile

View-only on iPhone. Edit on iPad

View-only, including in browser on tablets

View-only

View-only

Use OneNote to view and edit notebooks

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Use Office on mobile devices (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

View documents in OneDrive for Business

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Use features that require ActiveX Controls

No

No

No

No

No

No

Communicate

Use Lync 2013 for mobile devices2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes. Install Lync 2010 for Nokia3

Set and view presence

Yes

Yes3

Yes3

Yes3

No

Yes4

Support for push notifications

Yes

Yes

Yes

not applicable5

No

not applicable4

Use Lync to view and search the contacts list and the global address list

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Start and accept IM conversations

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Send location in an IM

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Manage call forwarding

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Handle someone else’s calls if configured as a delegate

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Join a Lync Meeting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

AdministerOffice 365

Administer Office 365

No5

No5

No5

No5

No5

No5

1 BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is available only with Office 365 Enterprise.

2 For detailed information about Lync support in mobile clients, see Microsoft Lync 2013 for Mobile Clients.

3 Lync mobile clients don’t update a user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information:

  • If a mobile client user is also signed in to the Lync desktop client, the desktop client updates the user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information.

  • If the user is signed in to only a mobile client, the user’s presence doesn’t update based on free/busy calendar information.

4 Lync runs in the background on the device, so push notifications aren’t required.

5 You can use the admin centers and Office 365 portal from a mobile device, but the experience isn’t optimized for touch and small screens; some features may not be available.

Applies To: Office 365 End User



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