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Outlook vs OWA

In every document from Microsoft I read,they are talking about the superiority of the new OWA and Outlook Anywhere in comparison with the old fashioned Outlook client.Why?I mean except the cost,where you can save a lot of money for not buying Office,I can't see anything good.You can't even use pst's to save storage room from your server.We are now moving from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2007 and we have been asked to take a decision fast.Thank you.
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kieran_bCommented:
Outlook Anywhere requires Outlook - and that is far superior to the old fashioned outlook connection.

Outlook Anywhere (or RPC/HTTP) gives you the full fat email client (PSTs and all) and lets you connect from any internet connection as if you were in the office - no VPNs, no prompts - just go.

It is well worth the investment, but if you are not sure that you want the full Office - you can just buy outlook...
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hbustanCommented:
Outlook Anywhere gives you the option of using RPC/HTTP and/or a web browser similar to OWA. It also includes Push-mail technology to PDAs and Mobiles.

So you don't necessarily need the Outlook client but the client does give you more options.

The browser is lighter and doesn't require major configurations wherever you go.

You normally will use both features as and when you need them - you don't need to only settle for one or the other.
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kieran_bCommented:
I disagree.

Outlook Anywhere is the new friendly name of RPC/HTTP - not a broad sweeping title encompassing all email connections.

Then again, they change meanings of marketing names so often we could both be right :)

Either way, RPC/HTTP is superior to everything else, and requires outlook.
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hbustanCommented:
I'm sorry - I stand corrected.

You are right Outlook Anywhere is just the RPC/HTTP

But I do not agree the RPC/HTTP is superior to everything else as it has its drawbacks; namely bandwidth issues. If you have a slow Internet connection, this option will make you pull all your hair out - on the other hand if you have a very high speed internet access, then it will make you feel as if you are at work.

For the slow connections OWA is a better option and the design makes it look as close to Outlook as possible, with a few setbacks - but enough to get most of the job done.

I use both but tend to use OWA more often since I hate to wait so long just to download my emails.
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kieran_bCommented:
Don't get me wrong, I use OWA for exactly the same reason - if you are configuring RPC/HTTP, you already have OWA working anyway.

We agree that OWA's inferiority can be a blessing :)
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PesmergaAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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