Outlook Web Access (OWA) in Exchange Server 2007 has come up with many new features that were not available in its earlier versions. The OWA can be implemented in Exchange Server 2007 by installing Client Access role on your Exchange Server computer.
Exchange Server 2007 has introduced five new server roles that provide distinct and granular division of functionality. These five server roles are: Client Access, Edge Transport, Hub Transport, Mailbox, and Unified Messaging, as shown in Figure 1:
Introduction to Outlook Web Access
OWA allows you to access your mailbox from anywhere using any web browser. OWA in Exchange Server 2007 has significantly improved.
It offers features such as:
Improved Logon Options: It presents clear logon options to users that enable them to specify whether they are on a secured computer or an unsecured computer, as shown in Figure 2. OWA also provides Explicit Logon feature that allow users to open any mailbox to which they have permissions in a new browser window.
Improved Navigation: It presents similar navigation screen as in Outlook 2007, as shown in Figure 3. The OWA in Exchange 2007 provides a flexible view of messages through a set of controls at the bottom of the window. Notifications appear in the OWA window and can be accessed using drop down menus. It allow easy navigation features such as drag and drop, Arrange by, message flagging, and right-click feature.
Enhanced Reminders: It presents Reminders and notifications as overlay on the browser window, which makes them less distracting.
Enhanced Search: This feature provides more accurate and fast results. It also provides type-down search that allow users to quickly find items in Message, Contacts, and Tasks folders.
Scheduling Assistant: This feature presents various options to find meeting locations, meeting attendees, and time for the meetings
Calendar: It presents simplified calendar to find information and schedules quickly. It also provides multiple views options. Users can choose to view their calendar as weeks, work weeks, or single day views, as shown in Figure 4:
Out of Office Assistant: This feature allows you to send an auto-reply email to notify email senders that you are away for a specific period of time.
Windows SharePoint Services Integration: This feature allows read-only access to documents and document libraries on Windows SharePoint Services and Windows file shares.
Voice Mail: This feature allows you to send voice mails to recipients by playing or recording a greeting or message through telephone. It also allows you to hear voice messages sent to you in by clicking Play button in OWA.
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