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Outlook Web App for Office 365 Home Premium

I’m using Office 365 Home Premium which also comes with “Web App” and “On Demand” editions of the Office applications. While I can see Word, Excel, PowerPoint Access and Publisher, Outlook is sadly missing.

How do I gain access to the Outlook Web App?

Outlook Web App isn’t part of the “Web App” and “On Demand” applications of Office 365 Home Premium. As your mail account is already available via the web mail provided by the ISP hosting your mailbox, that is basically your Web App right there.

Outlook Web App

Button - Outlook Web App 2013Outlook Web App does exist though, but it is the web interface for mailboxes that are hosted on an Exchange server like Exchange Online of the Office 365 for Business offerings by Microsoft. However, this mailbox isn’t free and not part of the Office 365 for Home offerings.

A free alternative is Outlook.com which syncs your Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks with Outlook, as well as with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Office on Demand

Outlook isn’t part of Office on Demand either. This is because of various reasons. Some of them are:

  • Leaving personal data and data loss
    There is a risk that your mail gets downloaded on a PC not belonging to you and removed from the mail server.
  • Not truly “On Demand”
    It also wouldn’t really be “On Demand” since you’ll need to configure Outlook first after you’ve downloaded it.

Create new - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote (Office Web Apps on SkyDrive)   Office on Demand - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher (Office 365 for Home)
The “Create new” section lists the Web Apps that are available for free via OneDrive and are listed on the My Office website when you don’t have an Office 365 for Home subscription. If you do have a subscription, you’ll see the Office on Demand section.

Install Outlook

My Office - Install Office - My AccountTo use Outlook, you must use the “Install Office” link at the top right corner or click on the “My account” link which you’ll get when you click on your name.

You can then also see how many installations you have left, select your Office language and whether you want to install the 32-bit or 64-bit version.