Wipe Data - Mobile Device & Office 365

When you select the option to wipe data from mobile devices within the exchange admin portal of Office 365, what exactly happens there and what are the limitations?

If I immediately disable or change passwords on the account, will it still wipe data or do they need to have access to log into their phone's email account before it wipes the data?

I would think it's going to make a connection to the exchange server regardless of whether or not the account is disabled or the password is incorrect, and would hope it wipes the data anyway.

Mainly I want to know if I'm wasting time doing the wipe if the end user is terminated and their account is disabled or the password is changed.

Taylor HuckstepSenior Director, ITAsked:
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Brandon DubeDirector of ITCommented:
Unless they removed the activesync connection this will wipe the entire phone as soon as it gets the command. Photos, contacts, email, etc.

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Taylor HuckstepSenior Director, ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the advice, I did not know it would wipe the entire phone, didn't know a command issued from Office 365 had that ability over iPhones / Android and other mobile devices.  

I would still be interested in knowing if I disable an account first or change a password (common immediate remedies when an employee leaves), will it still issue the command, or will they never get the command because they can't authenticate, making this a waste of time, short of a lost phone.

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