Outlook proper, as opposed to Outlook Web Access (OWA), is absolutely a first-class client. You're correct that new functionality is being exposed in OWA, but those features usually get added to the Outlook client when it makes sense to do so. There's plenty of functionality that is part of Outlook that isn't present in OWA. For example, one thing that you can't do in OWA, but /can/ do in Outlook 2013 is search through calendar entries. (that gets fixed in the next version.)
I can think of several features that are coming in the next version of Exchange (not part of our summer deployment), and saw the features demonstrated in preview for both OWA on Exchange 2016 and Outlook 2016.
Also bear in mind that the functional configuration of an Outlook (or ActiveSync) client will be significantly more simple, so getting people set up should be easier.
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> Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 4:41 PM
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> Subject: Re: Calendar and Tasks in Thunderbird version 38.0.1
> I had assumed that my people would be so overwhelmed by the feature set of
> OWA that they’d drop Thunderbird like a steaming hot rotisserie chicken
> and move to the native client. Especially those who are heavy calendar
> Which brings up a question: since it appears that Microsoft is putting
> the most innovative features into their browser based client, do we know
> what the future of the Outlook application is?
> When is it appropriate to use Outlook versus OWA? The only instance I
> could think of would be if one wanted to do merge to email within
> Microsoft Office.
> > On Jun 22, 2015, at 4:37 PM, J. Greg Mackinnon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Some of you may have noticed that the latest release of Thunderbird
> (version 38.0.1) now contains "Calendar" and "Tasks" tabs. These new
> features were not pushed out by UVM central IT, and are not compatible
> with the current "Oracle Calendar" product.
> > Unfortunately, these new features also will not work well with the
> Exchange based calendar system that is scheduled to go live this summer,
> and likely will not be supported for use with UVM Exchange services. I
> would recommend that you disable these feature when prompted.
> > -J. Greg Mackinnon | ETS Systems Architecture and Administration |
> Andrew Hendrickson
> CAS IT Administrator
> UVM, College of Arts & Sciences
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