The Limitations Of OWA Over The Outlook 2010 Client
There are many differences and limitations over using the Outlook
Web App compared with the full version of the Outlook 2010 client. This is due to the fact OWA is purely a web
based solution to accessing your E-mail over the internet. That’s not to say it doesn’t have some great
features. It is currently the most
advanced version of OWA that Microsoft have released and is a great alternative
to a thick Client and one of the best internet based E-mail solutions on the
Outlook Web App now supports more
than just Internet Explorer for Windows. It also adds to its list Safari for the Apple Mac, FireFox for various
operating systems (including Windows, Mac, and Linux), and Google Chrome.
Outlook Web App for Exchange 2010 includes many features of
outlook 2010 such as Conversation View,
Mail tips, Integrated Instant Messaging. It also includes many traditional features such as E-mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks,
configuration Options, Out Of office rules and spell checking.
Below are a list of the main features that you won’t find in
OWA but are supported fully within Outlook 2010.
The current version of Outlook Web App will not let you delegate
permissions for other colleagues to view your Mailbox. You can share your calendar (setting permissions as high as reviewer only) and open a
colleagues calendar/mailbox. Additional permissions to the calendar and
Mailbox are administered from the full Outlook client and cannot be controlled
An important difference is that Microsoft Outlook allows
users to work with e-mail, calendars, etc., even when a network connection is
unavailable, whereas OWA requires a network connection to function. There is no option to work offline utilising cached information.
Messages can’t be sent for deferred delivery or set to
expire in OWA. You do have the basic additional
tracking options allowing you to request and read a delivery receipt as well as
control the importance and sensitivity of each E-mail.
There is a limit to the rules that can be set up regarding
how you control your mail being received and sent. The full outlook client contains many more
options in this field.
Meeting reminders in OWA can be missed by not being within the Outlook Web Application the time of the reminder. If you are using a different program or within a different web browser tab at the time of the reminder popping up, you will not see it until you go back into the tab where OWA is running. The pop up stays within the OWA window and not as an additional windows pop up. A sound by default is set to play when you receive a reminder so by not muting your sound on your pc, this can be a helpful aid.
Within OWA you can only have one mailbox open at a time. Therefore, if you regularly access a shared mailbox, for example, you will need to open an additional mailbox but you will not be able to use your Mailbox and the Shared Mailbox simultaneously.
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