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Exchange Online

Exchange Online, a component of Office 365, provides email, calendar, contacts, and task management. For more information on Exchange features, see the Microsoft article Exchange Top Features.

Get started with Exchange Online

Your Exchange Online email address, user name, and password

The format of your user name and email address is:

your-UWNetID@uw.edu (where your-UWNetID is replaced with your own personal UW NetID) 

Your password is the one associated with your UW NetID.

Forward your email to Exchange Online

Email will not be delivered to your Exchange Online mailbox automatically.  If you’d like to use Exchange Online to read your UW email, you’ll need to point your email forwarding to your Exchange Online mailbox using these instructions.

  1. Open the page Change UW Email forwarding.
  2. Select the button to the left of Forward to UW Office 365.
    Note: If you don’t see Forward to UW Office 365, select Forward to and then in the accompanying text box, enter NetID@exchange.washington.edu where NetID is your UW NetID.
  3. Click OK.

Start using Exchange Online

Log in using OWA

owa-logo-newOutlook Web App (OWA) allows you to log in to Exchange Online using only a Web browser. No other client software is needed. This is the quickest and easiest method for connecting to Exchange Online.
Log in using OWA | More information on OWA

Set up an email client for Exchange Online

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Client software programs give you more control and better integration with other Windows applications. Some clients provide more features than Outlook Web App.
Set up clients

Expiration of Exchange Online

Exchange Online is available only to current Staff, Faculty and students. Alumni are not eligible for Exchange Online. If you leave the UW, access may expire at any time.

What is the difference between Exchange Online and Outlook.com?

You can sign up for an Exchange Online account, part of the UW Office 365 for Education suite of services, even if you already have a personal Outlook.com account. Exchange Online is a separate account that allows you to send and receive email using your @u.washington.edu and @uw.edu email addresses. An Exchange Online account provides the benefits of Outlook.com in an ad-free environment. Microsoft provides many different email services and they are used in different contexts. The services are referred to by names like Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions. Educational institutions, businesses and others may use Office 365 services by setting up sites with their domain. The University of Washington uses “uw.edu” for our UW Office 365 service. You may have multiple accounts for different Office 365 services. The result will be separate accounts with Office 365. You will use your UW NetID password to access UW Office 365 for Education, but any previous Outlook.com accounts will retain the username and password you had already established.