I have had a few customers ask for a comparison table of the differences between Outlook (OL) 2013 and the Outlook Web App (OWA) 2013 experience. So here is a short, quick view into the comparison of OL vs. OWA.
Outlook vs. OWA 2013 Comparison Table
OWA 2013 (online mode)
AD Rights Management Services
Protects messages from unauthorized access.
Address Book Defaults
Allows a default address list (such as Contacts, GAL) to be chosen
No offline address book
Auto discover Compatibility
Automatic setup of Exchange account
Automatically moves older items to a local PST
Calendar Preview in Meeting Requests
Meeting requests show a preview of adjacent or conflicting appointments
Ignore and Clean Up/Delete buttons
Improved Conversation Threading
Cross Forest Mailbox Move Support
Auto reconfigure using auto discover
CSV Contacts Import/Export
Import/ Export CSV files in a standard format
Distribution Group Management
Management of memberships of Exchange Distribution Groups
Distribution Group Expansion
Expand DGs before sending to see all members
Enhanced Out of Office
Set external/internal message and from/to date range
Allow PST files to be created and data exported
Federated Sharing Compatibility
Integration to allow access to remote calendar, share local calendar
Group Schedule View
Combine Multiple Calendars in One View
Allow PST files to be imported to the mailbox
Fast searching using pre-built search index
Integrated E-Mail Archive
Online Archive Access
Assign permissions to other users (also called delegates) to allow them to sign in to the user’s mailbox or send messages on behalf of the user
Limited - Full Access Only
Server side mail tips for OOF, Large DG, permissions to send or comments
Multiple Exchange Accounts
Multiple accounts with different servers or domains
Offline Address Book
OAB access and download
Start conversations video, call IM
Outlook Contact Card Photo and Voice Description
GAL Photos and UM Name along with availability
Reply to embedded email messages
Ability for users to reply to email messages sent as attachments
Macros to perform multiple or common actions at once
Allows viewing of compatible attachments without leaving Outlook
Resend button allows you to resend an email
Retention and Archive Policy Management
Set and view retention policy for folders
Distribution list moderation
ability to moderate distribution lists
Right-Hand Preview Pane
Message preview shown to the right of messages
Roaming Autocomplete List
Stored Nicknames on the server
Subscribe to RSS Feeds from Outlook
Scheduling Assistance / Availability Service Integration
Real time calendar view for meeting and room bookings
Server-side Junk E-mail List
Modification of server side junk email allow/block list
Modification of server side inbox rules
Reading pane at the bottom of the window
Option to display the reading pane at the bottom of the Outlook
Combined view of Inbox across multiple email accounts.
Allows the possibility of sending and/or receiving email encrypted
Allows approval of moderated messages or voting on user generated emails.
OWA Offline Mode Limitations
As of Exchange 2013 and IE 10 or higher and other supported browsers, OWA does have ‘Offline’ capabilities. However, there are some limitations:
Types of experience based on browser and Windows version
Desktops and laptops: OWA features available by Windows operating system and browser combination:
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
Best – plus offline access
Chrome 24 or later
Good – plus offline access
Firefox 17 or later
Safari 5 or later
One major drawback is the fact that previous versions of OWA had a built-in spell checker. In Exchange 2013, OWA now relies on the web browser for spell checking, which IE prior to v10 does not provide.
See this page for additional information: http://officepreview.microsoft.com/en-us/support/supported-browsers-for-outlook-web-app-HA102824601.aspx
Differences between ‘Light’ and ‘Premium’ versions of OWA 2013
Accessibility for blind and low-vision users
Notifications and Reminders
Weekly calendar views
Compose messages by using HTML
Only plain text is available in Outlook Web Access Light
Limited to the following features:
Limited to a subset of choices, depending on the folder type
Resource mailbox management
Voice mail options
Share a calendar
Open a shared calendar
Monthly calendar views
Scroll between pages
Users can create and edit personal distribution lists
Users can create and edit server-side rules
RBAC - Change user settings
RBAC - Administrator settings
Web-ready document viewing
Exchange control panel
Attach message to a message
I hope this helps by consolidating some of the information out there on the internet into one listed table.
Mike, Can I assume you used Wave 15 of OWA for this analysis?
Ha s th following issue been corrected?
Can't import contacts from Outlook due to CSV File size limits
My current Outlook.pst file carry 2500 ± contacts, in order to import to Office 365, I need to split and create 4 CSV files which is a pain in the ...
Over an above this burden, any thing exceeding 1024 charracter within the Note section gets lost..
Yes, Exchange 2013 is part of the Wave 15 applications.
Good = Most features will work.
OK...But what means "most features will work"?
What are the missing features?