Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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A default installation of Outlook 2013 supports the following types of email accounts:
Exchange You can configure Outlook 2013 to connect to an Exchange account
hosted on Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2007, or
Exchange Server 2003. If your organization uses any of these versions of Exchange
Server, you can send mail within or outside of your organization’s network. Messages
are stored centrally on the Exchange server. They are also stored locally in a data file
on your computer. Outlook synchronizes with the server when you’re connected to
it either over a corporate network or over the Internet, so you can work with existing
Outlook items and create new items while working ofline.
In previous versions of Outlook and Exchange, you could connect to a corporate
Exchange account only when your computer was connected to the corporate network.
This required that you manually configure Outlook to connect to the corporate
Exchange server either through a virtual private network (VPN) connection or by
using Outlook Anywhere (a friendly name for a service otherwise known as RPC
over HTTP ) when you wanted to work in another location. More recent versions of
Exchange automatically route all Outlook client access through Outlook Anywhere
and do not require a direct corporate network connection.
TIP Some Outlook features are dependent on the functionality of the specific version
of Exchange hosting your email account. The functionality described in this topic is
specific to Exchange Server 2010 accounts. Outlook provides additional functionality
in environments that include Lync Server and SharePoint.
Exchange ActiveSync–compatible service Although this sounds quite
technical, it’s simply a description for an Internet-based email service such as Hotmail or It is no longer necessary to install a separate connector in order to
configure Outlook 2013 to connect to an account of this type.
Post Office Protocol (POP) When connected to a POP account, Outlook downloads
messages from your email server to your computer, and removes the original messages
from the server after a specified length of time. You read and manage messages on
your computer, and Outlook synchronizes with the server when it is connected.
Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) When connected to an IMAP account,
Outlook stores copies of messages on your computer, but leaves the originals on the
email server. You read and manage messages locally, and Outlook synchronizes with
the server when it is connected.
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