Useful Features of the new Webmail

Light and Premium Version

The new Webmail provides two distinctly different interfaces, Premium or Light. Premium allows you to take advantage of all the new features. The Light interface is faster and is more similar to previous Webmail versions.
Use the 'light version' if you prefer your email to be displayed in a similar way as before.

Screen shot of the light version below:

Webmail light

To use the light version check the relevant box on the login screen:

Webmail light version login

Conversation view

The new Webmail provides the same conversation view and experience as Outlook 2010: By default, messages are displayed in threads so that all the messages on a particular topic are grouped. No more searching for a previous message to check what the response is referring to. When a new message in a thread comes in, the whole thread gets moved chronologically to the date/time of the new message.

Conversation view has its benefits and drawbacks, but if you don't like it, you can turn it off. Just right-click Arrange By, scroll down to Conversations, and deselect Conversation.

Webmail change conversation view

Ignore option

If you belong to mailing lists, you'll appreciate this new feature in Webmail. Sometimes, the group will engage in discussions that don't interest you at all. Now you don't even have to see them. Just select Ignore Conversation from the action menu and any further messages in that conversation will be automatically deleted. This can be a real time-saver.

Side-by-side calendars

Another new feature is the ability to open up a shared calendar and view it side by side with your own calendar. This is invaluable if you need to make plans that include coordinating your schedule with someone else's. You can share your calendar with other users of your Exchange 2010 server.

Forward as an attachment

It's a little thing, but sometimes it's the little things that matter most. With the new Webmail, you can forward an email message as an attachment. This can come in handy if you need to forward a message to someone but don't necessarily want the person to open it immediately. You can create an original message where you can tell the person about the attachment — or example, you might forward a message that possibly contains a virus to someone who provides technical support for you.

Delivery report

Another new option on the action menu is Open Delivery Report. If you've ever sent an important email and then agonized over whether it got to the recipient, this feature will be one of your favourites. You can search for messages you've sent to a specified recipient, messages you've received from a specified recipient, or messages with specific words in the subject line. The delivery report will show you on what date and at what time the message was submitted and when it was successfully delivered.

Managing you mailbox

In the new Webmail you manage your mailbox settings with a more visual interface than the Options page of the previous Webmail version. You can self-manage aspects of your account such as the ability to track messages you've sent and received, create inbox rules, create and manage distribution lists, or change your password.

Access to mailbox archives

Webmail allows users to access archived mailboxes from within the interface so that you can get access to the archived messages no matter where you are.

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