Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need, part of Outlook on the Web Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Before we jump into the software, let's talk a little bit about the infrastructure, what you need for this course. First, you don't need any special expertise in email or using Microsoft Office or Outlook on the web. This is a course for folks who are new to Outlook on the web. What you do need, however, is an email account on an Exchange server, specifically Exchange 2016. The particular webmail client that is available to us as users depends on what Exchange server is running, and so Outlook on the web is the mail client for Exchange 2016.
If you're using Office 365, Microsoft already upgraded all of their Outlook mailboxes to Exchange 2016, so you're set. You'll also need to have a compatible browser, more on that in a moment. And you might want to have a mobile device. Many people use Outlook on the web purely on a phone or on a tablet. It's not required, but it's another way to access Outlook on the web, and we will talk some about mobile devices towards the end of the course.
When I mention that you need a compatible browser, what that means is there are recommended combinations of Windows and Internet Explorer, or Mac OS and Safari that work very, very well with Outlook on the web. And then there are some that work less well, and some that do not work at all. Now, if you have an IT department to take care of this for you, you probably don't even care. But if you are your own IT department and you do need to care about this, here is a Bitly link for the documentation on what versions of operating systems and browsers go together to best support Outlook on the web.
And if you go to bit.ly/owabrowsers, you'll end up on this page. We end up on a page with system requirements for Office. If your page doesn't look exactly like this, don't worry about it, this page is modified all the time by Microsoft. You can get information about the different Office subscriptions plans and suites, that sort of thing, but we care about browsers. And when we click here, you'll go to the list of browsers that are compatible with Office 365, including Office on the web.
You can find out that there's some information about known issues with connecting from Edge, and then as you scroll down you'll see Exchange Online, which we care deeply about, because this is the server that is delivering email to Office on the Web. If you are using Internet Explorer 8 or 9, nothing that you will be swapped to a light version of Outlook on the web, rather than using the full-featured version. This light version is a version that uses less resources, but it also has a lot less zip to it.
So, this is the page that you'll come to, not just to find out about browsers, but to find out about all of the other requirements for Office 365 and Outlook on the web, and this is where you can find out if those requirements have changed or will be changing.
- Working offline
- Creating messages
- Attaching files and pictures to a message
- Creating and using an email signature
- Working with Clutter
- Setting out of office options
- Modifying general and email settings
- Creating or modifying repeating appointments
- Creating and applying categories
- Displaying multiple calendars
- Creating repeating meetings
- Using contact lists
- Creating and joining Office 365 groups