Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Differences between Outlook.com and Outlook on the web, part of Outlook.com Essential Training (2016).
- If you aren't sure if you have the free Outlook.com or the work, school or organization version which is called Outlook on the Web there are a few ways that you can tell. Outlook on the Web, which I've logged into, right now is a web based mail client for Professional Office 365 subscribers or those that have an organization that uses an exchange server. Because of this there are subtle differences between the two. You can't log in to Outlook.com via your work or school log in. You need to log in via Officeonline.com.
Once you're there let's take a look at the two different sites. Outlook on the web has a completely different list of apps in the thumbnail launcher on the top left hand side of the screen. In addition, the navigation pane on the left has a groups area. Groups can contain messages and calendar events for a team to use. There's also an Office 365 link on top of the screen which will take the user to their Office online portal. Finally, the most telling difference is in the settings menu. If I click the gear on the top right hand screen, here I can see a completely different list of options.
I can also see a link for other app settings that I can go to. Let's switch to the free Outlook.com version. My thumbnail view is a much smaller list of apps I'm allowed to use online. These are all free for me. There's no groups on the left hand side and when I go into settings, on the top right hand side of the screen, I have a much more simple view. And later, when we go into options, I'll show you that you have a much larger list of things that you can change here than you can with the other version.
For this course, we'll be working in this free Outlook.com version, though many of the features work exactly the same for the work or school version called Outlook on the Web.
- Changing the theme and display settings
- Composing, formatting, and drafting messages
- Working with attachments and photos
- Viewing or editing Office documents while replying
- Organizing mail into folders
- Archiving, deleting, and restoring mail
- Working with Clutter
- Using categories to classify mail
- Creating rules for processing mail
- Adding email accounts to Outlook.com
- Creating a mail signature
- Working with the Calendar
- Using Skype instant messaging