What is Outlook Web App Light?

Outlook Web App (OWA) Light is designed to aid those with low vision & to support web browsers that are not compatible with the Premium version.  There are fewer features in OWA Light.  These web browsers are listed by Microsoft as compatible with Outlook Web App Premium:

Windows XP & Later

  • Internet Explorer 7 & later
  • Firefox 3.0.1 & later
  • Chrome 3.0.195.27 & later

Mac OS X 10.5 & Later

  • Safari 3.1 & later
  • Firefox 3.0.1 & later

Linux

  • Firefox 3.0.1 & later

This is what OWA Light looks like:

OWA Looks Like

The easiest way to sign in to OWA Light is to check the box to “use the light version of Outlook Web App” when signing in to https://mail.ad.uab.edu

OWS Light login

If you find yourself using Outlook Web App Light, but wish to use Outlook Web Access Premium, there are 3 things to check:

  1. Are you using a compatible browser (as listed above)?
  2. Make sure the check box beside “Use the light version of Outlook Web App” is not checked when signing in. 
  3. Uncheck “Use the blind and low vision experience by performing the following steps:
    1.  While looking at your mailbox in OWA, click the “Options” button at the top.
    2. Click Accessibility on the left side
    3. Uncheck “Use the blind and low vision experience
    4. Click Save (just above the check mark)OWA Accessibility
    5. Click “Sign out” in the top right corner
    6. Sign back in to https://mail.ad.uab.edu
Published in FAQ - Infrastructure
September 19, 2012

Email for Faculty/Staff

Direct Link to UAB Email Web Login


 NOTE: Email for students is changing to Office 365 beginning May 2014.  For more information on student email click here.


UAB 
Campus Email Service Description

For faculty and staff, UAB has deployed Microsoft Exchange, a messaging and collaboration software product, as its campus email system.  This service has been designed for high availability, performance, security, and growth.  Extensive database redundancy, and off-site disaster recovery, minimizes downtime during failures or scheduled maintenance.

The system features email, calendaring, contact, and task management functions.  Additionally, UAB campus directory information can be accessed from within the system’s Global Address List (GAL) to facilitate contact with other users across the institution.  Spam filtering, anti-virus protection, and data encryption are included to mitigate risks.

Email Service Support and Access

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all students, faculty, and staff.  End user support assistance is available by contacting AskIT at 996-5555 or askit@uab.edu within their normal working hours.  Limited after-hours support is available for emergency situations impacting multiple users.

To setup a new email account, please visit www.uab.edu/blazerid, select “Get a UAB E-mail Account” from the links on the left side of the page, log in, and follow the appropriate instructions.

The email service can be accessed from a web browser by visiting https://mail.ad.uab.edu.  In addition to the web interface, users may access the service using an email client such as Outlook or by using an appropriately configured mobile device.  Supported mobile devices include most iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Android devices. 

Staff and Faculty may request email archive support for email storage beyond 5 GB.  All attachments are limited to 30 MB in size.  Larger files should be transferred using the UAB Drop Box: http://dropbox.dpo.uab.edu

To review UAB’s latest best practice guidance pertaining to email, please visit http://www.uab.edu/it/home/component/k2/item/176-email-best-practices.

Email FAQs can be found here: http://www.uab.edu/it/home/email-faq

For any questions or concerns about accessing the system or for assistance in configuring a supported email client, please contact AskIT at 996-5555 or askit@uab.edu.

Technical Details for Email Access

The email service may be accessed using any properly configured client that relies on POP or IMAP.  The latest version of most web browsers may also be used as well as ActiveSync mobile devices.  Please note that any device or email client using one these methods to connect with the system must support the use of SSL encryption. 

Supported MAPI-based clients include Outlook 2007 and later for Windows PCs.  Mac clients supported via Exchange Web Services include Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition and Outlook 2011.