Outlook Web Access was created in 1995 by Microsoft Program Manager Thom McCann on the Exchange Server team. OWA is a webmail service part of Microsoft Exchange Server starting with version 5.0. Outlook Web Access or Outlook Web App (OWA) was originally named Exchange Web Connect and the web-mail client for Microsoft Office 365.
Microsoft provided OWA to connect to the email via a browser, without having to install the Outlook app. OWA allows the users to work with E-mail, calendars, contacts, etc by connecting to the Exchange Server via Internet. Initially, Outlook Web Access/App had two interfaces Premium and Light or Lite, which run on Internet Explorer. Outlook Web App was browser restricted, as it could only be run on Internet Explorer. Over the years, Outlook Web Access could also be run on Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari. Exchange 2010 checked users operating system required Mac OS X and Linux to use Firefox or Safari, whereas Google Chrome was still only compatible with Windows Operating System. After Exchange 2013, browser restrictions are no longer an issue, allowing Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox to run it on all, WOS, Linux, operating systems.
Here, we will discuss on the simple procedure of how you can log in to Outlook Web Access and User account settings.
- Open your web browser, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Go to https://controlpanel.msoutlookonline.net/asp/MManager/Login.asp?owa=1.
- Once you are on the page, you will notice designated boxes to type in your existing Email and Password.
- You can also choose whether to remember your email and password by choosing to tick on the square boxes above the “Sign In” link.
- If you are not the Outlook Web Access Premium account holder, select the small square box that says “Use Outlook Web Access Light”.
- Now you can click on the sign in button which will load you to the page of Outlook Web Access.