Category: Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App is the webmail service part of Microsoft Exchange server and also serves as a webmail client Microsoft Office 365. Like some of other Microsoft products, Outlook Web App has recently been re – branded with the new name and prior to that was called Exchange web Connect and then Outlook Web Access.

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The primary use of this web mail client by Microsoft, is to provide an easy means for users to connect their email accounts via a web browser, without having to install the program Microsoft Outlook. Outlook Web App or OWA has been equipped with the features for managing calendars, contacts, tasks, various types of documents and other mailbox content. While Microsoft Outlook also offers similar features and can be used in the offline mode, it is compulsory to have an internet connection to use OWA as the exchange server for users to work with features provided by Microsoft, that includes email, calendars, etc. OWA is also used as a part of Microsoft Office 365.

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First launched with Exchange 2000, Outlook web App was offered with two options premium and Light – also referred as Lite, with the latter containing reduced functions. Until 2010, Outlook Web App was browser restricted and only supported Internet Explorer, but in the recent years the program has been upgraded and is fully functional with other browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari too.

Outlook web App has been constantly updated over the years and has renowned itself to serve as one of the most advanced web applications using Ajax technology. The competition is remarkably fierce with many other companies like Google hosting the similar service with its Google Apps suite and Yahoo with its Business mail option. Outlook web App has also managed to shine bright against the locally installed alternatives to Exchange server such as Zimbra, Kolab, Zarafa etc. While the Outlook Web App has proven to be extremely useful, it requires the network administrator’s permission to be enabled. Usually the web address of Outlook Web app is in the form http://<domainname>/OWA. eg: Login replaced Hotmail in 2013 and now features a metro design interface. Everything in terms of services remains same with Users with existing hotmail email ID can log in with without any hassle. The domain simply directs the page to the Outlook interface, same as is the third effort from Microsoft to re–brand Hotmail. While, we don’t know whether it will be re – branded with some other name in the future, the features remain similar to hotmail, which include email, attach files, free unlimited storage, integration with calendar, Skype, OneDrive and People.Here is a simple step by step instruction on login.

  1. First of all, open your web browser and go to or
  2. Once you are on the page, at the right hand side of the screen, you will be able to see the log in box. Fill in your existing Email address and password in the designated empty spaces and click on sign in.
  3. The next page will display your Inbox and you can manage your email account.

For the new users, who are seeking to register a new Outlook mail account, follow these steps.

  1. In the address bar of your web browser, type or
  2. The next page will display the login page of
  3. At the right bottom of the page, you will see “Sign up Now”. Click on the link.
  4. A page containing an online registration form will be displayed. Here, fill in your personal information such as; first and last name, date of birth, country name and other details which will be used to set up your profile for your mailing account.
  5. You can choose the domain of your email address to be either or Both of which is same, and won’t make any differences in terms of the services provided by Microsoft for all the account holders.
  6. Click on Create account. Follow the simple guidelines provided by the next page, you might need to make a few clicks here and there in the process. You will have your new email account in no time and you will be able to access all the services provided to the account holders.