Outlook Web Access (OWA) is a web-based interface for the Microsoft Exchange Server that can be used to view email, calendars, contacts and tasks. The web interface of Outlook Web Access resembles the interface in Microsoft Outlook, but lacks some features that Outlook has to offer.
- The major difference between OWA and MS Outlook is that Outlook allows users to work offline (File -> Work Offline), whereas OWA requires an internet connection to function.
- OWA does not have the standard menu of File, Edit, View, Go, Tool, Action, Help and the only menus available are the web browser menus. So working on OWA means relying solely on the buttons.
- OWA doesn’t have Favorite Folders.
- Out of Office Assistant is available from the Tools menu in MS Outlook, whereas it’s available from the Options button in OWA.
- Signatures are not shared between OWA and Outlook. To configure signatures in OWA, click Options, then Messaging and choose Signature. See how to create a new signature in Outlook.
- There is no Voting Buttons option in OWA (available in the Compose window, Options tab in Outlook 2007. See image and description below).