January 19, 2004, 12:00 AM — The new version of Outlook Web Access looks and feels much more like the
standalone version of Microsoft Outlook, and makes for a nice service to
offer your user base.
With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft has
released an updated version of its Outlook Web Access (OWA) components.
This new version of OWA looks and feels much more like the standalone
version of the Microsoft Outlook 2003 client.
After installing Exchange Server 2003 on a server running IIS, you will
automatically have some additional virtual websites that allow you to
access your OWA server just by typing in the name of your web server,
similar to http://www.yourwebserver.com/exchange. This will
automatically prompt you for a valid username and password, and then
launch the OWA client inside a browser window (see Figure 1).
You will immediately notice the similarities between OWA and Outlook.
For example, the folder list view at the left or even the preview pane
capabilities at the right. The new OWA allows for all of the standard,
and convenient, right-clicking capabilities. For example, if you want
to delete an item, you can select the message and hit delete on your
keyboard or you can right-click and select delete. You can also drag
and drop messages between folders.
Additionally, when you create a new message, the message is opened in a
new browser window and looks very similar to a new message window in
Outlook (see Figure 2). If you click on the