Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Microsoft® Outlook Web Access
Exchange 2007: Outlook Web access – Roles and Benefits
Microsoft Outlook Web Access, a webmail service powered by AJAX is a part of Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5. It is similar to the desktop version of Microsoft Outlook but in a web interface such as a browser. With just and Internet access and default port 80 any user can make use of this rich experience. OWA (Microsoft Outlook Web Access) is a better alternative to Webmail, POP3 and IMAP4. Additional enhancements, such as Service Pack 1, are added to the Microsoft Outlook Web Access to improve the e-mail presentation, attractiveness and to be on par with the improving technology.
Some of the roles and benefits of this web interface are as follows:
- Microsoft Outlook 2007 Experience
- Remote Document Access
- Access Security
- Administrative tools customization
- Voice Messaging System
Microsoft Outlook 2007 Experience
When the access to Microsoft Outlook desktop application is unavailable then the Microsoft Outlook Web Access comes with similar features such as, access and sends e-mails also supporting the S/MIME format. It helps search for a global address list, customization of mail address rules, book meetings competently using the Scheduling Assistant. Out-of-office messages can be set up to send to internal or external addresses
Remote Document Access
If a Windows SharePoint services site link or a file share link is accessed through this web interface no virtual private network is required to view the document. Microsoft Outlook Web Access can also be used to read attachments in HTML format in the Web Ready Document viewing mode even if the application supporting the document is not available in the system.
Two factor authentications are used in the Microsoft Outlook Web Access to enhance the security. Also the administrator can force document viewing in HTML format only in order to eliminate the chances of crucial information being left behind in shared computers.
The requirements of every organization may not be compatible with the default level of settings in the Microsoft Outlook Web Access. These settings can be customized based on individual users to a degree. Some of the customizations that can be performed are modifying the Microsoft Outlook Web Access logon screen, Fonts and colors, custom header creation, theme modification and so on. Functional and security based access to mobile and remote device can be customized too.
Access to one of the most common type of communications such as voice mail and fax in now simplified with the Microsoft Outlook Web Access. A unified inbox is used to access the voicemail and fax stored in the inbox. Cost is reduced since this eliminates the need for a standalone voicemail system. Personifications of the voice mail support such as setting office greeting and out-of-office messages, PIN reset, Folders to be accessed when called in through phone. Text to speech technique enhances the possibility to make calls, listen to e-mails, and act on the calendar.
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