Admins can keep an eye on Office 365 via Windows Phone 8 app

Administrators can now monitor the status of their Office 365 services via their Windows Phone 8 devices.The Office 365 Admin application is available starting today via the Windows Phone 8 Store.

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With it, administrators can check on their Office 365 Service Status to check on its health and maintenance status. The app allows filtering information by service subscriptions.

In the Office 365 Technology blog, Office 365 team senior product manager Lawrence Chiu writes that using the app requires an active Office 365 subscription. The individual logging in must have administrative rights.

The downside is that the app doesn't support Windows Azure Active Directory Multi-Factor Authentication, which complicates secure login.

The app will be available in Apple's App Store and Google Play "in the coming weeks," Chiu says.

Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communications for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at and follow him on Twitter@Tim_Greene.

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