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Learn how to access your Microsoft Exchange account online using Outlook Web App (OWA). In this course, author Gini Courter takes you on a tour of OWA, and shows how to send, receive, and manage your email on the web. Learn the ins and outs of tagging and organizing your email and discover how to create appointments, request meetings, and view multiple calendars. Plus, find out how to add, group, and search for contacts and use the task feature to manage your to-do list effectively.
In this movie, I'm going to show you, how to switch to OWA Light or to login in OWA Light, and then I'll talk to you about why you might want to do it. If you are already running OWA, to switch to the light view choose Options>See All Options, choose Settings over here on the left, General and say, Use the blind and low vision experience, click Save; and this setting is being saved on the Microsoft Exchange Server. It won't switch you to OWA Light, you'll need to sign out.
And when you're working on a public computer you always then want to close this window when you're done. And let's go back in now to OWA. Now I can also, when I login to begin with, each time I can check this checkbox on my way in. So two ways I can choose, I can either choose and set the setting for the default; the fact that this checkbox wasn't checked, don't worry too much about it. I'm always having to log back in after I change this setting; there's no way that Internet Explorer or any browser can switch between these two different client experiences just because I chose it when it was already running.
Here's OWA Light. So you can see we've got a lot of space reserved for our messages. There's no Reading pane here, it's a very simple interface. So I have Mail. I have my Calendar. My Calendar has a Day view, and that's the only view that it has; there's no week or month view here at all, it's a Day by Day view of the Calendar. My Contacts list, which will be rows of contacts. No public folders at all; if I say I want to all folders then all it's missing are a few of these other folders that are my personal folders. There's no access to any public folders whatsoever. But I have a really fast client experience, notice that I'm switching from one item to another, how quickly it's happening.
So this is a really agile, flexible client for Microsoft Exchange. If I wanted to create a new message I'd simply choose New Message and I have a really simple form that allows me to address a message. I don't have the ability here though to do some things that I normally want to do, like spell check. There is no spell check in OWA Light. And there are some other features that are missing that we'll talk about in the next movie. But a really fast agile client to use with Microsoft Exchange, OWA Light is a great option for low bandwidth settings, and it's a great option for those of us that use Screen Readers, or that simply need a less cluttered easier to see screen.
One more reason that you need to know about OWA Light: even if you have a lot of bandwidth and even if you didn't choose the light client, there are times that the combination of browser and operating system that you have -- for example, you might have an older browser or an older browser in newer Windows or even a newer browser but a older version of Windows, whatever that combination is -- when you login to Exchange, Exchange gets your settings and says, that combination of a browser and operating system it can't run OWA, so I'm going to give you OWA Light.
So from time to time you will end up here in different places even if you didn't necessarily choose it. But it's a great client and it's a fast client. So what if you want to go back to the OWA experience rather than OWA Light? Well normally, you are prompted each and every time you login, whether you want to choose the OWA Light client; but if you need to do it in Options, just click Options here in OWA Light, go to Accessibility, turn this checkbox off and click Save.
And now I'm going to sign out and close my window, and when I go back in, turn the checkbox off again and log back in to OWA. So Microsoft Exchange gives us two different 2010 clients. Our OWA experience here and OWA Light, that light and flexible version with fewer features but very quick and easy to use.
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