This article discusses the two OWA options available on the login screen. These options include:
- The security option of selecting whether you're using
- a public or shared computer or
- a private computer
- The accessibility option of selecting whether you prefer to use the light version
Current Login Page
New Login Page Effective 10/27/15
Image 1 & 2: screenshots showing these available options on the OWA login page with arrows pointing to the two settings
Public or Shared Computer versus Private Computer
This security options controls the authentication time-out values for Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA). Users are automatically logged off OWA after a period of inactivity. The time-out period of an OWA session depends on whether a user selects the This is a public or shared computer option or the This is a private computer option when the user logs on to OWA.
This is a public or shared computer
The OWA session ends, and the user is automatically logged off after 15 minutes of inactivity.
This is a private computer
The OWA session ends, and the user is automatically logged off after 8 hours of inactivity.
The light version of Outlook Web App is much simpler than the standard version, both in appearance and in function. And, because the light version of Outlook Web App is HTML-based, it can work better with assistive technologies such as screen readers.
The light version also works with browsers that don't support the standard version of Outlook Web App.