Outlook vs vs the Outlook Web App

Between terms like Outlook, Outlook Web App, Office 365, Microsoft Accounts, it’s easy to get confused and not know what it all means. The similar naming patterns may be good for marketing, but it makes it difficult to look up information or troubleshoot whenever problems arise.

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Outlook as a Brand

The “Outlook” brand basically covers everything focused on email;

  • Outlook is the email client for Microsoft Office
  • is where you can find an online mail account – (formally Hotmail)
  • The Outlook Web App is a web-based mail client built into the Microsoft Exchange Server, which can also be used by Live@EDU users and those subscribed to Office 365 for Business and Exchange Online.

There are also other mail clients that are part of the Outlook family;

  • Outlook for Mac
  • Outlook Mobile for Windows Phone
  • Outlook Calendar for Windows 10
  • Outlook Mail for Windows 10
  • Outlook RT for Surface RT and Surface 2
  • Outlook Express for Windows XP
  • Outlook Web App for Android, iPhone, and iPad

Office 365 for Home vs Office 365 for Business vs Office 2013

There’s some confusion about the Office brand as it refers not just to the Office application itself, but also a subscription-based license for using Office and the subscription-based service for solutions about products from Microsoft.

  • Office 2013 is one of the latest versions of Microsoft Office. There are a few different versions available, all of which can be purchased and used on your computer. Office Home Student 2013 is the cheapest version but it doesn’t come with Mail. You will need either Office Home and Business or Office Professional for Hotmail.
  • Office 365 for Business is a subscription service that provides users with access to online Microsoft Server products including Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. You can subscribe to individual services as required, or subscribe to the a package deal that includes all of them. The package deal may also come with a license for the latest version of Microsoft Office that you can then install to your computer.
  • Office 365 for Home is a subscription service for the latest Microsoft Office release. It is essentially a way to “hire” a license to Office. It will include Outlook, but it won’t come with an Exchange Online account. You can still configure one of your own using an account or another IMAP, POP3, or Exchange account.

Logging in With A Microsoft or Account

You are now able to use your Microsoft Account to log into Microsoft Office and your Windows computer. It can be used in combination with Microsoft’s cloud-based services such as OneDrive. This stores files in the cloud for you so that you can access them on any computer when traveling.

Every account automatically doubles as a Microsoft Account, but you can also create a new account or convert an existing email address into a Microsoft account at

Signing up doesn’t mean that the address is automatically converted into an account. You will still be able to use it how you did before. However, there is the option to use the account for if you want to.

So, you are able to log into a Windows computer and Office with your account, but that doesn’t mean that you have to also configure the account for Outlook itself. Outlook can also be used with other accounts that you own.

In a similar vein, you can sign up to a Microsoft account using your regular email address. Then you are able to sign into Office and Windows with this email address and use it for Mail as you would with other accounts.

To check the accounts currently configured with Outlook simply use;

File > Account Settings > Accounting Settings > E-mail


Premium outlook features for office 365 subscribers

As long time Outlook users, you might have thought about taking a chance and paying for the Premium account but maybe ended up deciding that you don’t know enough to do it, or maybe you think that the extra features will not be worth. So what we are going to do now is list out every little feature that the premium account includes, so you can decide for yourself if you are willing to pay for this things after this.

Features in the Outlook 365 Premium account

What you need to remember if that all the features that we will be showing you below, you will only be able to get access to them if you have both an Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscription. And all the benefits will come to those who have an Outlook mail account synch up with the subscription, and the process will take some time to complete the upgrade, so you will not be able to see the difference and features the moment you have gotten it, but the wait will be worth it.

Below we will show you all the special features you will get when you get the Premium Outlook account as an Office 365 subscribers:

  • The security for your email account will be more advanced after getting the premium version, since it comes with certain security tools, apart from the ones that the free version already includes who have as a goal to protect you from phishing and any incoming malware.
  • If you have used the platform before, you know that the ads can be a little annoying, when you get the premium version these ads will be completely removed, so this way you’ll be able to work in a quicker, smoother way since everything will be able to load more quickly and you will not be constantly distracted by these ads.
  • If what you need is more storage space, after you’ve completely run out of the smaller amount of GB that you had access before, there is a benefit for you by getting this premium version since you’ll have access to around 50 GB of email storage that you can use from the moment that you get the premium version. So in here, you’ll be able to save up a whole lot more things than you used to before.
  • You will also get a better customer support, so whenever you need to contact this company you’ll get some of the best and most capable people that they will be able to provide you, so you won’t have any problem when you need to resolve your problems.
  • Something that people love about this is the fact that you can invite up to at least 4 other users if you have an Office 365 Home subscription, so this way other people will be able to see the benefits and try them out. And hopefully, after this, they will be willing to get this for themselves.
  • Also if you get this make sure that if you keep your subscription on time, not let it expire, since if you cancel it or it expires you will still have access to your Outlook account, but you will no longer have access to these special features since they will all be completely deactivated, until this is fixed.

Is it worth it to pay for this premium account?

After reading this you might have made your decision, but if you haven’t you might want to think about it for a little longer, we cannot tell you if it will be worth it for you we think they are worth it but the only one that can make the decision to pay for something like this.

So take a little moment to see if the upgrades outweigh whatever it is that you think it’s a negative about this upgrade, and there will be no problem if you choose to stay with the free version since the goal of this was not convince you to completely change what you had, but to inform you of what you might be losing, and what you could get if you really want it. But we think that if you choose to do this you will not regret it.