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What's New in Exchange 2016 - Outlook on the Web
This article lists new and updated features in Exchange 2016 Outlook on the Web (formerly OWA)
Changes to Outlook on the Web (Formerly OWA)
What's New in Exchange 2016
In Exchange 2016, the web interface (Outlook on the web) is optimized for tablets, smartphones, desktop and laptop computers. There are several new features in Outlook on the web (formerly known as Outlook Web App, or OWA) where users can gain access to their Exchange mailbox from any device or web browser.
Note: Supported browsers for Outlook on the web in Exchange 2016 are Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and the most recent versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari.
- New Inbox layout with single-line view and optimized reading pane, archiving capabilities, emojis, and "Undo" actions.
- Improved calendar: an updated look with additional features. Email reminders for calendar events, the ability to propose rescheduling of events to invitee lists, improved search functionality, and birthday calendars.
- Improved search functionality: includes search suggestions and filters. Users can find the information they want faster using search suggestions and refiners. Filters include date ranges, related senders, and more.
- Themes: over 50 built-in themes.
- Link preview: enables users to paste a link into a message, and Outlook on the web will automatically generate a rich preview to give recipients a peek into the contents of the web page. This works for video as well.
- Contact linking: the ability to add contacts directly from a LinkedIn account.
- Pins & Flags: these features allow users to pin messages to the top of their Inbox and flag others for follow-up. These organization tools allow users to quickly find and manage marked messages.
- Performance improvements in creating calendar events, composing, loading messages in the reading pane, pop-outs, search, startup, and switching folders.
- Action pane: allows users to quickly click those actions that they use most often such as New, Reply All, and Delete. New actions have been added including Archive, Sweep, and Undo.
- Platform-specific experiences for iOS and Android devices.
- Apps for Outlook to extend the capabilities of Outlook Web App, available for download in the Office Store.
What's Discontinued in Exchange 2016
Feature Comments and mitigation
- Spell check: Outlook Web App no longer has built-in spell check services. Instead, it uses the spell check features in your Web browsers.
- Customizable filters: Outlook Web App no longer has customizable filtered views and no longer supports saving filtered views to Favorites. Customizable filters have been replaced by fixed filters that can be used to view all messages, unread messages, messages sent to the user, or flagged messages.
- Message flags: The ability to set a custom date on a message flag isn’t available in Outlook Web App. You can use Outlook to set custom dates.
- Chat contact list: The chat contact list that appeared in the folder list in Outlook Web App for Exchange 2010 is no longer available.
- Search folders:The ability for users to use Search folders isn’t currently available in Outlook Web App.