Outlook Web App (OWA) [formerly known as Outlook Web Access] lets you access your email through a web browser & secured logon. OWA looks and works similar to the "native" Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 software loaded on your work computer. All major Outlook functions are accessible in OWA: Inbox, Folders, Calendar, Contacts, Global Address List, and Tasks.
Winnefox now has an upgraded version of OWA that closely matches current Outlook functionality on all major web browsers. You'll get the same OWA experience using Firefox 3+, Chrome 3+, Internet Explorer 7+, and Safari 3+.
You can access it at the same URL as before: https://outlook.winnefox.org/ and sign in with your regular system username and password.
- Right-clicking almost anywhere in OWA will display a menu; right-click a message, a folder, or a calendar entry to see the options.
- You can just enter your username without the wals\ prefix in front of it.
- The default message view is Conversation, which lets you see an entire message thread in one place. For more information see Learn About Conversations.
- Privatize calendar entries when you schedule appointments and meetings.
- No more certificate error messages!
- You have a choice between "This is a public or shared computer" and "This is a private computer." You should choose the "Private" option unless you're on a computer that other staff use. (If you choose Private and someone else needs to use OWA, it may create complications.)
- Manage Automatic Replies and the Out of Office Assistant to turn on & turn off auto-replies.
- If you don't like the default OWA theme, you can choose a different one by clicking "Options".
- OWA will timeout after 15 minutes of an idle session when you're on a public or shared computer (8 hours when on a private computer.) It will give you a warning asking you to extend the session. Click "Extend" to continue the session, otherwise it will log you out of your session. If you're in the middle of composing a message and need to multitask and/or leave your computer, a draft will not will not be saved if your session times out.
- Smaller screens like netbooks, iPads, tablets, and smartphones work great, especially when you choose the light version of OWA
- Choose the light version of OWA if you're on a slow connection. (Look for "Use the light version" on the OWA sign-in page.) It looks & behaves like the old version of OWA, provides fewer features, and is optimized for accessibility. It can be used with almost any web browser, and has the same features across all browsers. Here's a screenshot of what it looks like:
Signing out: when you finish using your mailbox, be sure to click Sign out on the toolbar. To help protect your email account close all browser windows.
For details on using OWA, take a look at these resources:
- Getting Started with Outlook Web App
- Create a Message
- Search for an Item
- Working with Attachments
- Contacts and Groups
- Using the Calendar