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.
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.
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