Monday 21 January 2008

Web Ready document viewing (and some other SP1 improvements)

One of the best improvements for Exchange 2007 is the change to the user experience when using Outlook Web Access. You need SP1 to benefit from all the changes, my favourites include Web Ready Document Viewing for the Office 2007 file formats, but you also get the ability to configure server side rules, access to the Deleted Items recovery, S/MIME support, and, in SP1 the return of Public Folder access.

Web Ready document viewing is simple - "Open as Web Page" renders documents in your browser as HTML without the need to download the document, or have Microsoft Office installed. There is support for Word Excel and PowerPoint in both 2003 & 2007 formats.
Sometimes OWA is a whole lot easier to use than Outlook. With Microsoft adding many new features with every release, maybe the days of Outlook on the desktop are numbered?

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