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Understanding Outlook Web Access
Also, some organizations only offer Outlook Web Access to certain mobile
employees who share a computer. That way the company can keep these
people connected to the corporate e-mail system without giving a separate
computer to every single employee.
Logging on and off
Log on to Outlook Web Access the same way that you sign on to any other
website: Go to the Internet, enter the address of the page that your
organization has set up for logging on to Outlook Web Access, and enter your
username and password. The exact steps of the process will differ among
organizations, so ask your system administrators for the details.
If you can surf the web, you can use Outlook Web Access. No special
equipment is required. As long as you remember your logon name, password, and
the address of your Outlook Web Access page, you’re ready to rock. It’s just
like online shopping, but it costs less.
When you finish your Outlook Web Access session, log off by clicking the Log
Off icon on the right side of the screen. If you’re using a computer in a public
place such as an Internet café, you don’t want the next person using that
computer to see your private information.
And now for the fine print
Although Outlook Web Access can offer some
pretty powerful capabilities to authorized users,
it isn’t for everybody. Here’s why:
✓ Outlook Web Access works best when
viewed with Microsoft’s own web browser,
Internet Explorer. If you use another browser,
such as Firefox or Safari, the program may
look quite different from your desktop. Most
of the basic functions are the same, but the
exact locations of the buttons differ.
✓ Outlook Web Access is not actually a
part of the Outlook program; it’s built into
the Microsoft Exchange program. So,
depending upon the version of Exchange
your company uses, things may look and
act different from the desktop version.
✓ Outlook Web Access has to be set up by
a network administrator through your
organization’s main computer network.
Do-ityourself setup isn’t an option.
✓ If you work for a security-conscious
organization that isn’t comfortable letting
confidential information show up on just any
computer anywhere — aw, where’s the
sense of adventure? — you have to be
understanding about that. In that case, stick
to using Outlook on your regular desktop
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