Microsoft offers more info on Outlook Web App

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched its new email web service, Outlook.com. However, the Outlook brand name is also used for another web-based service, the Outlook Web App that's part of its Office 2013 family. Microsoft has now revealed more information about the new version of the web app, which is geared toward the enterprise market, will function.

In a new post on the Office Next blog, Microsoft says that the Outlook Web App scales its user interface depending on the hardware and display. Large PC monitors and laptops get a layout based on working with a keyboard and mouse and tablets get a UI based on touch input and smartphones, with their smaller displays, get a narrower version of the touch UI.

As with many of Microsoft's products, the Outlook Web App is adopting the same UI that Windows 8 uses (and will apparently get a rebranding after previously using the name "Metro"). The new version also allows users to work even while offline from the Internet via a web browser.

The blog post also covers other new features, such as support for new third party Outlook Apps, better email and calendar support more. The blog post ends with Microsoft stating that Outlook now refers to a whole family of software products and services, including the new Outlook.com. It states:

We think of it as a communications hub that can bring many of your different information sources together in one place. Our set of Outlook branded experiences are designed to help you easily stay in touch with those people you most care about, collaborate with those you need to get things done with, protect you from spam email, stay on top of the information that matters most, and manage your time more effectively.

Source: Office Next blog | Image via Microsoft

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IronChef75 said,
An OWA article, and not a single mention of Exchange 2013?

ikr? I thought this was going to be in the new exchange for OWA. Guess not?

Is it going to cripple other browser support on purpose like it currently does? i.e looks better on IE6 than latest Chrome/Firefox by design.

The confusion again begins:
- Outlook.com
- Outlook Web Access
- Outlook 2013

I can just imagine the chaos come next year at the Microsoft Answers forum.

Mr. Dee said,
The confusion again begins:
- Outlook.com
- Outlook Web Access
- Outlook 2013

I can just imagine the chaos come next year at the Microsoft Answers forum.

Except that people don't actually talk about Outlook Web Access, it's part of Office 365, so if you pay and get office 365 you get OWA and you just think it's your web mail client. Those that don't will use the free Outlook.com.

As for Outlook 2013, well, that's the app, and you have to get Office to even get that so I don't think it's really that confusing.

Mr. Dee said,
The confusion again begins:
- Outlook.com
- Outlook Web Access
- Outlook 2013

I can just imagine the chaos come next year at the Microsoft Answers forum.

Yeah, this is the only thing I don't quite get yet.

"If you purchase Office, your can set up your Outlook email account linked to your Microsoft Account in the Mail app also in the Outlook app." Huh?

Well, i would like to have the power of not signin in messenger everytime i open outlook.com.
It signs me off from Messenger for Mac.

SQ1 said,
Well, i would like to have the power of not signin in messenger everytime i open outlook.com.
It signs me off from Messenger for Mac.

I'm pretty sure you can set that somewhere, though I'd have to look for it.

GP007 said,

I'm pretty sure you can set that somewhere, though I'd have to look for it.


No, i can't Searched everywhere, went back to hotmail...

SQ1 said,

No, i can't Searched everywhere, went back to hotmail...

Ok, I think I found out how, well, sorta. If you go to the old hotmail UI where you see Messenger at the top and make sure your signed out of it then when you go back to Outlook.com you're not signed in. You get the option to sign-in if you bring up the messaging pane on the right side.

It still would be nice to have a sign-out option instead of just available and invisible in outlook.com

Kinda of funny but after outlook.com that just looks so busy... I'm sure its more powerful but I actually prefer the new outlook.com mail to this webapp.

jagowar said,
Kinda of funny but after outlook.com that just looks so busy... I'm sure its more powerful but I actually prefer the new outlook.com mail to this webapp.

Well, it depends on the device it's on as well. The blog post talks about how it automatically scales depending on the device. You get a more basic or lighter UI on a tablet and even less on a smartphone compared to a PC.

CrisCr0ss said,
Is this outlook webaccess that they are referring to? I really like using it when I'm not on my work PC.

Yes, this is for the Outlook Web App (which is for Office 365 customers).
Outlook.com is consumer (formally Hotmail)

j2006 said,
Sexy!

The problem with this picture-for-every-contact thing is the many un-sexy people out there. A default icon might suggest you're very unattractive so most people would likely put their face or find something professional to substitute.