Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video What OWA is and isn't, part of Outlook Web App (OWA) 2013 Essential Training.
Email environments are called client server applications or client server environments. The server, in our case Microsoft Exchange server, operates like a post office that picks up mail and receives mail, sorts and delivers mail. And then the clients are programs that operate like your mailbox or a post office box. The most popular client for Microsoft Exchange server. There's a program called Outlook. Outlook is a full featured application. Software that needs to be installed on your local computer.
If you're using Outlook 2013, it looks a lot like the other applications in the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite. Outlook looks like something that we spent money on, because we did. It's a shiny, fabulous program. But it's not the only client for exchange server by any means. Another client is a Windows Phone or a tablet. Some users manage all of their email and calendar items and their tasks on their phones almost all of the time. So a Windows Phone is another client for exchange. If you're a Mac user, you're not using Outlook or a Windows Phone or tablet.
You're probably using Entourage. And that's another client, very similar to Outlook, but designed particularly for the Mac. But in this course, we're going to be talking about OWA, or Outlook Web App. In the past, this was called Outlook Web Access. It's the same application. OWA is a powerful client because it's universal. No matter where in the world I am, I can use OWA to send and receive mail, to check my calendar, or to update my tasks on the exchange server. Because OWA runs in a browser.
And it also runs on a phone or on a tablet. If you're using Microsoft Exchange as part of an Office 365 installation, you can also run OWA in iOS for the iPad and the iPhone. I don't need to have anything installed on my local computer to use OWA. And I can easily download free app for iPad or iPhone to be able to use OWA in the Apple environment, as well. So, OWA gives me power because it's universal, because it's enabled for multiple devices.
And because I can use almost any browser, on almost any computer, anytime I want to interact with my email and my calendar in OWA.
AuthorGini von Courter
- Launching OWA
- Sending email messages
- Attaching files
- Replying and forwarding
- Applying categories to email
- Creating an email signature
- Using automatic replies
- Creating appointments and repeating appointments
- Creating contacts
- Sharing a calendar
- Creating tasks
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started with OWA
2. Sending Email Messages
3. Receiving Email Messages
4. Applying Tags to Messages and Other Items
5. Managing Email
6. Setting Mail Options
7. Using the Calendar
8. Working with Meetings
9. Working with People
10. Using Tasks
11. Using OWA for the iPad and iPhone (Office 365 only)
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