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At IU, what is Outlook Web App (OWA)?

If you have an IU Exchange account at Indiana University, you can use Outlook Web App to securely access your IU Exchange mailbox anywhere from any computer connected to the Internet, without having to configure Outlook or another email client.

The OWA interface provides basic email functionality from a secure site, and looks and feels similar to the Outlook application. You can send and receive messages and attachments, create folders and organize messages within the folders, view calendar appointments and contacts, look up names in the IU Global Address List (GAL), set up the Out of Office Assistant, and send instant message using the IU UniCom service. However, the IU OWA does not support some of the advanced features of Outlook, such as the ability to archive email (you'll need to use Outlook for that; see "Managing your storage space" in About your storage space on the Exchange server).

Access the IU OWA at:


Log in with your Network ID username and passphrase. By default, OWA will open the Inbox folder; you cannot change this. As a security measure, your session will time out after six hours of inactivity.

Note: OWA has the same functionality across major browsers in most cases. For help using OWA, with your Inbox displayed, click ? (the question mark) at the top right.