Feature Differences in Outlook Web App and Outlook

 

Applies to: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses, Office 365 for enterprises, Microsoft Exchange, Live@edu

Topic Last Modified: 2010-06-15

Microsoft Office Outlook Web App and Outlook both provide a rich client experience for e-mail users. This topic provides details about some differences between features in the two programs.

Feature Differences

The following table highlights most of the differences between features in Outlook Web App and in Outlook.

 

Feature Supported in Outlook Supported in Outlook Web App

Access from almost any Web browser

No

Yes

Access to Windows SharePoint Services document libraries and Windows file shares

No

Yes

Segmentation. This lets administrators enable and disable e-mail features by using the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell.

No 

Yes

Change user account password

No 

Yes

Manage Mobile phones

No 

Yes

View mailbox quota

No

Yes

Send and receive Internet faxes

Send and receive

Receive Internet faxes only

Search folders

Full functionality

You can't create Search folders. You can view default Search folders. You can also view custom Search folders that you previously created using Outlook.

Message editing tools

Full functionality

Limited

Shared folders

Through UI

Through Web Parts

Customization

Full functionality

Limited to custom forms

Notes

Full functionality

View only

Journal

Full functionality

View only

Monthly calendar view

Full functionality

View and edit. You can't print.

Searching

Full functionality

Not available in Calendar

Public folder permissions management

Yes

Public folder access may be available through Outlook Web App, but not public folder permissions management.

Cached Exchange Mode

Yes

No

Offline access

Yes

No

Offline Address Book

Yes

No

Custom dictionaries

Yes

No

Customizable views

Yes

No

Import and export data from other data sources, such as .pst files, database files, other messaging and contact systems, other calendaring applications

Yes

No

.pst file support

Yes

No

Send to Office OneNote

Yes

No

Hierarchical address book

Yes

No

Delegate control

Yes

No

RSS subscription and management

Yes

No

Voting buttons

Yes

No

Propose new time for meetings

Yes

No

Related search through right-click

Yes

No

Natural language search

Yes

No

Windows SharePoint Services lists

Yes

No

Outlook Today page

Yes

No

To Do Bar

Yes

No

Customize navigation pane

Yes

No

Pasting inline images

Yes

No

Task request

Yes

No

Automatic formatting of calendar items

Yes

No

Secondary time zone in calendar view

Yes

No

What else do I need to know?

  • There are also feature differences between Outlook Web App and the light version of Outlook Web App.
  • For detailed information about the supported features in different versions of Outlook, see the documentation for the version of Outlook you're using.

What if I want to know more?

 
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