Co-Brand Outlook Web App and Microsoft Services for Live@edu


Applies to: Live@edu

Topic Last Modified: 2013-01-08


Domain administrators can customize the look and feel of Outlook Web App and Microsoft services to reflect their organization's brand. This process is known as co-branding. This process lets you preview your changes, and then publish the changes to the Web.

Here's how to:

Important   To turn off advertising in Microsoft services , publish co-branding for your domain. This works even if you have not made any changes.

If your organization supports users in more than one language or region, for each language/region pair, open the Customize Microsoft services page, click Change next to the displayed language, and then specify the co-branding for that pair.

Links should be entered as full URLs, including the “http://” or “https://” prefix. For each link, test the URL as you enter it.

Customize Outlook Web App

  1. Sign in to the Windows Live Admin Center, and then select the domain to co-brand.

  2. In the navigation menu, select Co-branding, and then click Outlook Live.

  3. Enter the name of your organization. If you don't enter a name, the word Organization appears in Outlook Web App. If you enter more than 30  characters, the organization name is truncated.

  4. Upload your organization’s logo, and then enter the Alt text for the logo. This logo is not clickable.

  5. If you want users to go to a specific page when they sign out of Outlook Live other than their Outlook Live sign-in page, specify the full path of the logoff redirection link.

  6. Customize any parts of the look and feel of the site that you want to change. If you clear the Enable the custom theme check box, your co-branding changes are not applied.

  7. Specify the Branding Bar Background image, which will appear on the top portion of Outlook Web App, and the Branding Bar image, which will tile across the background top portion.

  8. Select the colors to use for the Outlook Live Web interface. You can click a color to open the color picker. When you select a color using the color picker, the value will be automatically updated. To specify a color value manually, enter the hexadecimal value for the color, such as 48D1CC. Do not enter a number sign (#) in front of the value.

  9. Click Save. Changes do not become live until you publish them to the Web.

  10. To preview your changes, select Co-branding, and then click the Preview link next to Outlook Live.

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Customize the Windows Live header and footer

The header and footer are visible across all the Windows Live suite of services. The menus from the header are displayed in Outlook Web App, but the footer links are not.

If you have already co-branded the header and footer for Hotmail, you can review your settings or skip this step.

  1. In the navigation menu, click Co-branding, and then click Header and Footer.

  2. Upload a logo. If you want the logo to be clickable, specify a URL for the link.

  3. Select whether to hide all menu links, or select the links you want to include. By default, the Windows Live header displays links to other Microsoft services. Both the More (custom sub-menu) and MSN menus are customizable.

  4. If you selected to show the More menu, select the text in the Custom submenu section that you want to use to replace the word More. Then, define the links for the menu.

  5. If you selected to show the MSN menu, customize the name of the menu, and then define the links.

  6. Set up RSS feeds. Custom RSS feeds are an easy way for students to stay up-to-date with regular changes made to Web pages. You can add up to three RSS feeds for Web sites that are of interest to your students. After your co-branding changes are published to the Web, the selected RSS feeds will be enabled for all users on your domain.

  7. Add custom links to the footer that will appear between Program Terms and Help Central. These links do not appear in Outlook Web App. You can't change or remove the links that go to Microsoft trademarks, Privacy and Legal statements, Program Terms, Help Central, Account, or Feedback.

  8. Click Save. Changes do not become live until you publish them to the Web.

  9. To preview your changes, select Co-branding, and then click the Preview link next to Header and Footer.

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Preview and publish changes

  1. To preview all co-branding changes, select Co-branding, and then click Preview changes.

  2. To publish your changes, click Publish to the web. It may take 24 hours for your changes to appear in the Web page.

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