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Outlook 2013 features supported by different versions of Exchange Server

 

Applies to: Outlook 2013, Office 365 ProPlus

Topic Last Modified: 2014-03-28

Summary:   Learn which Outlook 2013 features are supported by each version of Exchange Server.

Audience: IT Professionals

Outlook 2013 works well with many email servers, but you can take advantage of an even richer feature set by using Outlook with Microsoft Exchange Online or the latest version of Exchange Server. Features of Outlook 2013 that are available with Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Online include apps for Outlook, Data Loss Protection, and site mailboxes.

NoteNote:
Outlook 2013 can’t connect to a computer that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or an earlier version of Exchange.

The following table shows which Outlook 2013 features are supported by different versions of Exchange Server.

Outlook 2013 features supported by different versions of Exchange Server

Outlook 2013 feature Exchange 2013 / Exchange Online Exchange 2010 Exchange Server 2007 SP2/SP3

Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) support for email.

X

X

X

Local copy of a user’s mailbox to enable users to work offline (Cached Exchange Mode).

X

X

X

Search Folders display the results of previously defined search queries of Outlook folders.

X

X

X

Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP) connections are automatically configured.

X

X

X

Exchange Server settings are automatically detected over the Internet (Autodiscover).

X

X

X

Exchange servers are automatically found in multi-forest environments.

X

X

X

Out of Office improvements: separate internal/external Out of Office messages, external replies can be limited to Contacts folder entries, HTML formatting for reply messages, scheduling Out of Office replies during a specified time period only.

X

X

X

Voice mail messages can be delivered in email.

X

X

X

Managed Folders can help organizations to reduce the legal risks that are associated with email and other communications.

X

X

X

Scheduling Assistant helps users decide the most convenient times for meetings and it includes easy checking for conference room availability.

X

X

X

Free/Busy information is always up-to-date for users who have the Availability service.

X

X

X

Tentative calendar booking is managed on the Exchange Server. Users do not have to run Outlook for other users to see their Free/Busy status for new meeting invitations.

X

X

X

Larger mailboxes are supported. Maximum data file size increased 2.5 times from Outlook 2007.

X

X

X

Sender ID Anti-Spam can reduce the number of unsolicited email messages that enter the organization.

X

X

X

Photos can be displayed for your colleagues in the global address list (GAL).

X

X

X

When scheduling a meeting, Room Finder suggests the best times for a meeting based on attendee availability.

X

X

X

MailTips can help users make the correct choices when they send sensitive communications.

X

X

Calendar details can be shared with external business partners by using federation.

X

X

Microsoft speech technology converts voice mail messages into text that users receive in an email or text message.

X

X

RMS protected voice mail enables encrypted voice mail to be sent to a user’s mailbox.

X

X

Online Personal Archive eliminates the need for Personal Folder files (.pst).

X

X

Message tracking lets you confirm that an email message was delivered.

X

X

Exchange Administrators can make specific apps for Outlook available to their end-users.

X

Data Loss Protection capabilities help you protect sensitive data and inform users of internal compliance policies.

X

Site mailboxes improve collaboration and user productivity by allowing access to both SharePoint 2013 documents and Exchange email by using the same client interface.

X

NoteNote:
  • If you have an on-premises Exchange Server and plan to add Exchange Online to co-exist in your environment, there are two things to consider:

    • There is no cross-premises manager delegation. If the manager’s account is on Exchange Online, the delegate’s account must be on Exchange Online too.

    • An account that is on-premises can’t have “Send As” permissions for an account that is on Exchange Online.

  • Also be aware that the user authentication method is different between an on-premises Exchange Server and Exchange Online. An Exchange Online user enters his or her email address (as the user name) and password. However, the user can decide to save the password so the user only has to enter it one time.

More information about how Outlook and Exchange Server versions work together is listed in the following list.

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