What is a Microsoft Exchange Server account?

Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 supports several account types. For email accounts, the most common account types are Microsoft Exchange account (Microsoft Exchange account: An account managed by Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft Exchange accounts are used by organizations with many users. They make it possible to synchronize e-mail, calendars, and contacts between multiple computers.), POP (POP: A common type of Internet-based mail account. Examples are Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. After you add a POP account to Outlook, messages from the account appear in the folder list under On My Computer.), and IMAP (IMAP: A common type of Internet-based mail account such as Gmail, AOL Mail, and many others. Messages from these accounts appear in folders in the Outlook folder list, under the name of the account.). Some features in Outlook for Mac 2011 require a Microsoft Exchange Server account. Exchange is a collaborative communications server used by many organizations. Some email providers also provide Exchange accounts for home and personal accounts.

 Note   If you are not using an Exchange account, some commands and options mentioned in the Outlook for Mac Help might not appear.

To review the type of accounts that are set up, do the following:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. In the left navigation, the type of account is listed and then below that is the email address associated with the account.

An Exchange account appears as Microsoft.

See also

Add an Exchange account

Applies to:
Outlook for Mac 2011