Webmail that works just like MS Outlook. Get it with or without Exchange.
Outlook Web App
You may be unnecessarily losing productivity when using the webmail interface offered by most e-mail hosting providers. Outlook Web App (OWA) webmail offers the rich look-and-feel and productivity features of Microsoft Outlook 2010 when you manage your e-mail from an internet browser. You can get such hosted Outlook 2010 as standalone or as part of Apps4Rent’s Hosted Exchange plans. In the standalone plan, OWA mail works similar to a POP3 e-mail account but with advanced webmail features.
With hosted Exchange plans, OWA as Exchange Webmail includes advanced synchronization of e-mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks with desktop mail clients and mobile devices.
For companies that need advanced and flexible hosted e-mail options, OWA mail or Exchange Webmail is another tool in the arsenal. For a really low monthly price, you can give each of your employees an option to use a productive Microsoft Outlook like interface while working from home, office, or other locations such as internet cafes, field or branch offices. This standardization across the company improves security, decreases training and support costs, and eases any future upgrades.
Apps4Rent allows its e-mail hosting customers to customize plans for individual employees. So a company can pick standalone OWA accounts for most users, and hosted Exchange plans with Exchange Webmail for power users who need advanced synchronization features. If synchronization of BlackBerry hand held devices and hosted Exchange is needed, Blackberry Enterprise Server hosting plan from Apps4Rent can be added for individual users.
There are two versions of Outlook Web App available with Exchange Webmail: Outlook Web App Light and Outlook Web App Premium. OWA Light provides a simplified user interface and reduced feature set compared with OWA Premium. Outlook Web App Premium requires Internet Explorer 7 and above, FireFox 3 and above, Safari 3 on a Mac, and Google Chrome 5 or later versions and provides additional features that are currently not available in the Light version.
Microsoft has gone to great lengths to provide almost the same experience and features in OWA 2010 or Exchange Webmail as available in Microsoft Outlook 2010 for managing e-mails, calendar, contacts, and tasks. For a demonstration of these new features see the Microsoft support site.
Here is the list of some of the features included in OWA 2010 or Exchange Webmail:
Outlook Web App 2010 Features
Access Multiple Email Accounts
You can check your e-mail from multiple accounts, such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail Plus accounts, or other POP3 or IMAP email hosts, by connecting to those accounts from Outlook Web App.
Expanded Web Management Interface
Manage all OWA settings in one place.
One can open Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and PDF files in the browser even if the application that created the document is not installed on the client.
SMS Text Messaging
Send and receive SMS text messages through Outlook Web App.
This new default view lets you see an entire message thread in one place.
Chat is now a part of Outlook Web App. You can chat with friends and colleagues using Outlook Web App just like you would using MSN Messenger or any instant messaging service.
Users can manage their mobile devices in OWA mail.
You can drag any folder up to Favorites tab to create a shortcut to that folder.
Documents and messages within the folders can be attached to email.
Server Side Rules
Users can create and edit server side rules in OWA mail.
By storing the e-mail addresses of recent recipients, the nickname cache helps users address e-mail more quickly by providing a suggested name list as a new address is typed.
Move and copy commands
Have been added to the user interface in OWA mail.
Personal Distribution Lists
Users can create and edit personal distribution lists.
OWA 2010 mail supports using a drag-and-drop operation to move folders and items within folders from one location to another.
Improved Address Book with ability to search Address Lists and Contacts in OWA 2010.
Improved calendar with easier interface to find information and manage their schedules. Outlook Web App now enables your users to share their calendars with people outside your organization.
Flagged messages automatically appear in Tasks in OWA mail.
Users can manage junk e-mails in OWA 2010.
The Scheduling Assistant makes it easier to find times and resources for meetings.
The Search function in OWA 2010 Webmail has been re-designed to provide more accurate and faster results and to reduce manual work and time that is spent finding items in a mailbox. Also, you can set filters within search.
This enables users to find items quickly in message, Contacts, and Tasks folders in OWA mail.
Reminders and Notifications:
2010 OWA mail includes improved Reminders and Notifications features.
Users can select the language, date, and time settings they want OWA mail to use.
Outlook Web Access Premium lets users check the spelling of message before they are sent.
Users can select calendar and reminder options in OWA 2010.
Out of Office Assistant
Users can auto-reply to senders when they are out of the office or send messages to senders for a specific period of time in OWA mail.
Users can change their account password.
Users can decide how OWA 2010 handles deleted items.