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Outlook Premium vs Light

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These features are not available in the Light version of Webmail, but are available in the Full version:

  • Recover Deleted Items
  • Public Folders
  • Creating / editing distribution lists
  • Event reminders
  • Composing HTML Messages (with colors, bold, etc.)
  • Rules, Tasks, Notes
  • The Tasks module
  • Task specific properties: Only the text of the task items can be read through OWA Light.
  • Reminders
  • HTML composing of messages: OWA Light users get only plain text textboxes with no editing or formatting options.
  • Flags and Categories
  • Weekly view in Calendar: OWA Light shows the daily view only.
  • Free/Busy grid in Appointment/Meeting Scheduling Assistant: OWA Light users get only "Suggested Times".
  • Print
  • Spell Check
  • Conversation View
  • Account Quota information
  • Recover Deleted Items
  • Calendar month view
  • Add/edit distribution lists
  • Public Folder access
  • S/MIME features
  • Add/edit rules

See also this University of Indiana article on the differences between OWA Light and Full.


Outlook Web Access is stuck in the "light" version, even though I have not chosen it.

Outlook Web Access (OWA) in its full version does not run on all browsers, though compatibility is constantly changing. If the checkbox for the "light" version is checked and grayed out when you login, your browser is not compatible with the full version. The light version has several limitations including immediate access to all folders in the mailbox without a drop-down menu and no access to attach to an additional mailbox.  Some have discovered that though they are logging in with Internet Explorer and have not checked the "light" box, they still get the OWA Light experience. In this case, click on Options, then on Accessibility on the left, then uncheck the "Use the blind and low vision experience" checkbox. Click Save above. The next time you login, OWA will have additional options.

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