Outlook Web Access


Microsoft Outlook Web Access, OWA is a Microsoft Exchange Active Server Application that provides the user the private access to the Outlook or to the Microsoft Exchange personal e-mail account. Hence, the user can easily view their Inbox from any Web Browser with this Outlook Web Access. In other words, it allows the users to access the emails regardless of whether the computers are installed with Outlook or not.

In addition to emails, Outlook Web Access even provides access to calendars, contacts, tasks, and documents that are used with SharePoint or Office Web Apps and other mailbox content. User can perform as many of the things that could be done with Microsoft Outlook, such as read and send messages, schedule appointments, organize contacts, create tasks and rules, and access public folders etc.

Important Features of OWA

Outlook Web Access offers many features one among them is the security. In order to protect the user’s mailbox from unauthorized access, automatically closes its connection to your mailbox, if it is inactive for a certain period. This is very much important when OWA is used from a public-access computer or Internet kiosk. Other important features include themes and web sharing.

  • Themes let the users to customize their own personal interface and calendar
  • Web sharing allows the users to share their OWA calendars with non-Exchange users and vice versa

Supported browsers and operating systems

Outlook Web Access works with almost all modern browsers on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX computers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Safari, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc. For non-supported browsers and for the users those who have low vision Light versions of Outlook Web Access (OWA) are available that look similar but have fewer or some missing features.

Benefits of Outlook Web Access

Outlook Web Access provides a familiar, easy-to-use interface, and the essential tools needed to create professional email like signatures, spell check, HTML support and others. Outlook Web Access is also used to function on Microsoft Office 365, by using Microsoft Lync and SharePoint document sharing.

  • It is supported by all Web Browsers without requiring the full mail client installation
  • With the Exchange 2007 release, OWA offers read-only access to documents stored in Microsoft SharePoint sites and network (UNC) shares
  • It is provided as part of an Exchange Server to allow users to connect remotely via a web browser even when the computer is not equipped with pre-configured Outlook client program
  • It lets the users to even access the voicemail, instant messages and SMS messages directly through an inbox
  • Users can also search their old email, set up or edit out of office notifications, manage junk mail settings, and more

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