1. Introduction

1.1. About this document

The purpose of this document is to help you to get started with the 2010 Outlook Web App interface to the Oxford University email and calendaring system, Nexus. This guidance has been written with special attention paid to people who are new to Oxford University. Further information on using Outlook Web App can be found in the more comprehensive Outlook Web App guide, but please read this first!

1.2. What is Nexus?

Oxford Nexus is a suite of services based around Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. With these services you are able to collaborate over documents, share calendars, make work appointments, manage contacts and send email and much more.

To do much of this, it is useful to employ a groupware software client such as Outlook or Outlook Web App, but there are other software that you can install on your computer to manage your email, including Outlook Express, Eudora, Pine, Thunderbird, AppleMail, iCal and many others.

Wherever you access your messages from, and whatever client you use, you will always see the same messages and folders, although the appearance will be somewhat different on each client.

This guide provides an outline of how to get started with using Outlook Web App to access your Oxford University email.

1.3. What is Outlook Web App?

Outlook Web App (OWA) is a groupware application (for Email, Contact, Calendar, Appointments, Reminders, and To-Do Lists) that you can read anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.

The main advantage of OWA is that you do not have to install any specific software on a computer. The main disadvantage is that you cannot access Calendars or Email without an active Internet connection.

The URL for OWA is: https://owa.nexus.ox.ac.uk (Note the s in https)

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