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Outlook Web App


Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2015-06-04

Learn about the Outlook Web App, which was called Outlook Web Access in version of Microsoft Exchange earlier than 2010. This article provides a brief overview with links out to helpful information.

By default, when you install Microsoft Exchange 2013, you enable Outlook Web App. Microsoft Outlook Web App lets users access their Exchange mailbox from almost any Web browser.

The Client Access server role provides proxy and redirection services for Outlook Web App.

Outlook Web App was called Outlook Web Access in versions of Microsoft Exchange earlier than Exchange 2010.

For information about new features, see What's new in Exchange 2013. For information about the Client Access server role in Exchange 2013, see Client Access server.

Fully supported web browsers give users access to features such as conversation view, Inbox rules, the reading pane, and the Scheduling Assistant. Browsers that aren’t fully supported can still be used, but users will see the light version of Outlook Web App, which has fewer features. For information about new features in Outlook Web App, see What's new for Outlook Web App in Exchange 2013.

In Exchange 2013, the most common Outlook Web App management tasks can be accomplished in the Exchange Administration Center (EAC). All these tasks, and many others, can be accomplished by using the Exchange Management Shell. You'll still use tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager for some tasks, for example, to configure Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or set up simple URLs for users.

You and your users can sign into Outlook Web App using a URL like this: https://<domain name>/OWA or https://mail.<domain name>/OWA

If, for example, your organization's domain is contoso.com, then use https://contoso.com/OWA or https://mail.contoso.com/OWA. Learn more about accessing Outlook Web App here. To change the sign-in URL to something different or to force redirection to SSL, see Simplify the Outlook Web App URL.

If you're using Exchange Online or Office 365 for email, you and your users access Outlook Web App at outlook.office365.com/owa or click here. Learn more at Sign in to Outlook Web App and Where to sign in to Office 365.

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