The new ‘Office’ app and how to get it working with Intune

Microsoft today released the new ‘Office‘ app for iOS and Android into General Availability.

I’m not going to spend too much time on the details, as its explained here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/02/19/new-office-app-android-ios-available/

iOS: https://aka.ms/OfficeAppiOS
Android: https://aka.ms/OfficeAppAndroid

Where I’m going to concentrate is on how to add this application to your App Protection policies in Intune.

App Protection policies, if you don’t already know, are rules that ensure an organisation’s data remains safe or contained in a managed app. A policy can be a rule that is enforced when the user attempts to access or move ‘corporate’ data, or a set of actions that are prohibited or monitored when the user is inside the app. A managed app is an app that has app protection policies applied to it, and can be managed by Intune.

When creating an App Protection policy in Intune, you currently only have the option to select each app individually:

However, this would only ensure that those individual apps are protected, and not the new Office app.

So, how do we add the new ‘Office’ app to an App Protection policy?

Android

We need to add the following apps:

Office Hub – installed on devices in China
Office Hub [HL] – installed on devices in the US
Office Hub [ROW] – installed on devices outside of the US and China

iOS

We need to simply add the following app:

If you don’t see this app within the public app list then you will need to add the following as a custom bundle id:

com.microsoft.officemobile

Assign your app protection policies as normal, and the data within the new Office app will be protected.