What is a Microsoft Exchange Server account?

Microsoft Outlook 2013 supports multiple account types such as Microsoft Exchange Server, POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3): A common Internet protocol that is used to retrieve email messages from an Internet email server.), IMAP (IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol): Unlike Internet email protocols such as POP3, IMAP creates folders on a server to store/organize messages for retrieval by other computers. You can read message headers only and select which messages to download.), and Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail).

Some features in Outlook 2013 require a Microsoft Exchange Server account. Exchange is a collaborative communications server that is used by many organizations. Microsoft Office 365 includes Exchange Online and some Internet hosting providers also offer Exchange accounts.

If an Exchange account isn’t configured in Outlook, some commands and options mentioned in the Outlook Help might not appear.

Review accounts and account types configured in Outlook

  1. Click File > Account Settings > Account Settings.

Account Settings in the Backstage view

  1. On the Email tab, the Type column lists the type of account for each entry.

Microsoft Exchange account as appears in the Account Settings dialog box

An Exchange account is listed as Microsoft Exchange.

Exchange version specific features

Some Outlook features require specific versions of Exchange. If you are using an Exchange account, see Determine the version of Microsoft Exchange Server my account connects to.

Applies to:
Outlook 2013