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Exchange Outlook Web Access

Enterprise Class Email + Mobile Access = Increased Productivity

Webmail (Outlook Web Access)

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Outlook Web Access (OWA) has 95% of the features that you have come to expect from the full Outlook software. Key features include:

  • Password reset
  • Rules
  • Spell check
  • Out of office assistant
  • Ability to open and view the calendar of someone else in your organization

Advanced AJAX interface

Did you know that OWA in the 5.5 version of Exchange server (circa 1999) was the first web application built with AJAX technology? Today with Exchange 2016 OWA is one of the most advanced AJAX web applications built. The user interface has been redesigned with a focus on productivity. Webmail in Exchange 2016 no longer has pop-up notifications to avoid those irritating pop-up blockers. The new version includes enhanced drag and drop functionality, improved and expanded the right-click context menus, and a cleaner user interface that reduces the number of clicks to get tasks done.

WebReady Document Viewing

With Webmail remote users can now view attachments without having to save them to disk or open them via a locally installed application. WebReady Document Viewing allows remote users to view certain attachments as a web page. Exchange 2016 does this conversion, so the remote user doesn't need anything more than a web browser. Currently supported attachment types are:

  • Word (.doc)
  • Excel (.xls)
  • PowerPoint (.ppt)
  • PDF (.pdf)

Now organizations don't need to worry about their internal documents being left in caches on public computers, like airport kiosks. Remote users don't need to download the attachment and then launch an application to view the document. Now they just click on the "View as Web Page" link and the WebReady Viewing version will open.

Remote Document Access

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No longer is VPN access required to access UNC (Universal Naming Convention) File Shares. Normally, if one of your co-workers sends you a email with a link to shared document on a file server, say to \\server\share\document.doc you'd have to use a VPN to access the file on the fileserver. Exchange Webmail allows you to remotely access files from an internal file server without using a VPN.

Now a remote user can securely access file shares securely off an internal file server using webmail. Many organizations are now getting rid of their cumbersome VPNs as this addresses their need to have remote users securely access files.

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