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Microsoft Outlook: Client versus OWA

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on April 22, 2013

Microsoft Outlook is available for students, faculty and staff both on campus and out of campus via Outlook Web Access (OWA).

OWA needs a browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) to access email, calendar etc.

OWA in Internet Explorer browser

On campus, in the open labs, as well as on office computers, Microsoft outlook is also available through the Client Outlook. The Outlook client is software application installed on each particular computer on campus:

Outlook Client

a snapshot of Outlook Client’s interface

The advantage of OWA is that it allows email, calendar and contacts to be accessed from anywhere.
The advantage of the Outlook client is that allows greater productivity and additional features, compared to OWA.

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