Compare the standard and light versions of Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App has two versions, a standard version and a light version. Both versions have many features. To make it easier to compare, we grouped feature lists for email, contacts, calendar and more in different sections that you can link to from the table of contents. You’ll also find a section that lists features that are only in the standard version of Outlook Web App, not the light version.

We encourage you to use the information in this article to find out which version is right for you.

General functions

This section provides links to general functions in Outlook Web App.

Feature

Link for information about standard version

Link for information about light version

Use almost any browser

Supported browsers

Supported browsers

Use a Favorites folder

Getting started in Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App Light

Change user account password

Change password in Outlook Web App

Options > Change Password

Manage mobile devices

Mobile devices

Options > Mobile Devices

Use while offline

Using Outlook Web App offline

Not available

Access multiple Exchange email accounts

Open and use a shared mailbox in Outlook Web App

Not available

Email

The following table provides links to more information about email features in the standard and the light versions of Outlook Web App.

Feature

Link for information about standard version

Link for information about light version

Read and send email messages

Create and respond to messages in Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App Light > Mail

Send automatic replies (out of office)

Automatic replies (formerly Out of office assistant)

Options > Automatic Replies

Set region or language

Regional settings

Options > Regional Settings

Set time zone

Yes

Yes

Create an email signature

Mail settings

Options > Messaging

Recover deleted items

Recover deleted items or email in Outlook Web App

Not available

Admins can enable/disable email features

Yes

Yes

Set message format

Mail settings

Messages are all in plain text.

Play sound when message arrives

Mail settings

Not available

Check spelling

How do I check spelling

Uses web browser’s spell check.

Show reading pane

Display settings for mail

Not available

Get delivery receipts

Delivery reports

Not available

Control response to read receipt

Create and respond to messages in Outlook Web App

Not available

Contacts and address book

The following table provides links to more information about contacts and address books in the standard and the light versions of Outlook Web App.

Feature

Link for information about standard version

Link for information about light version

Create and manage contacts

People overview

Outlook Web App Light > Contacts

Work with organization address book

People overview

Outlook Web App Light > Address Book

Use groups

People overview

Not available

Sync contacts with Facebook

Manage Facebook contact sync in your organization

Not available

Calendar, meetings, and appointments

The following table provides links to more information about calendar features in the standard and the light versions of Outlook Web App.

Feature

Link for information about standard version

Link for information about light version

Schedule meetings and appointments

Calendar overview

Outlook Web App Light > Calendar

Mark appointment as private

Calendar overview

Outlook Web App Light > Calendar

Find a meeting room

Calendar overview

Not available

Set reminders

Calendar overview

Outlook Web App Light > Calendar

See other people’s schedules

Using the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook Web App

Not available

Use day, week, or month views

Calendar overview

Not available

Print calendar

Printing a calendar

Not available

Use multiple calendars

Working with multiple calendars

Not available

Share a calendar

Sharing your calendar in Outlook Web App

Not available

Security

The following table provides links to more information about security features in the standard and the light versions of Outlook Web App.

Feature

Link for information about standard version

Link for information about light version

List safe or blocked senders

Block or allow (junk email settings)

Options > Junk Email

Use anti-phishing and anti-spam technologies

Security and Privacy in Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App Light > Email safety

List trusted and untrusted addresses for junk mail handling

Block or allow (junk email settings)

Options > Junk Email

Features only in the standard version of Outlook Web app

This section lists additional features that are available only in the standard version of Outlook Web App, not in the light version. In each section, you’ll find one or more links to additional information.

Mailbox management

These advanced mailbox features are not available in the light version of Outlook Web App. The standard version offers these more advanced management features:

Tasks

Tasks and notes are not available in the light version of Outlook Web App. Here are some of the things that you can do with tasks in the standard version:

  • Edit, view, filter, search, and categorize tasks.

  • Mark a task as complete.

  • Mark a task as private.

  • Flag email as a task.

To learn more about tasks in Outlook Web App, see Tasks overview.

Instant messaging

Instant messaging (IM) is not available in the light version of Outlook Web App. Here are some of the IM features in the standard version:

Voice mail

Voice mail is not available in the light version of Outlook Web App. Here are some of the voice mail features in the standard version:

  • Listen to voice mail using inline player.

  • Change voice mail options.

To learn more about these functions in Outlook Web App, see Voice mail.

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