Messageware’s award-winning OWA Desktop solution, which extends desktop email control to OWA, is now available to companies and users worldwide.

December 6, 2011, Toronto, Canada – Messageware (, the world’s leading provider of enterprise securi- winning OWA Desktop solution. Messageware OWA Desktop is now available to enterprises and individual users who are using Microsoft Exchange on-premises or in hosted environments.

OWA Desktop is the first-ever desktop client for OWA. It gives users complete control over their OWA session from their desktop, whether their company is using a Microsoft hosted Exchange service (Office 365, BPOS, Live@EDU), a third party Exchange hosting company or has deployed Exchange on-premise.

“OWA Desktop helps to remove many of the major barriers that stand in the way of enterprises deploying cloud based solutions such as Office 365,” said Lee Benjamin of ExchangeGuy Consulting, Exchange MVP and messaging industry expert. “The thin, compact client leverages OWA, making it more accessible. This is a great solution for organizations selecting the Outlook Web App client, as well as those in cloud-transition.”

OWA Desktop brings OWA webmail functionality to the user’s desktop, mirroring the desktop Outlook experience, but with the added benefit of a thin client. No more need for a log-on every time a user would like to view or send a message or access their calendar. New mail and appointment alerts, with one-click access to advanced features, are provided to the user in real time. OWA Desktop gives the user functionality they have come to expect and depend on from Outlook and goes a step further by providing time-saving features not found in native desktop Outlook.. Other key features include:

  • Advanced New Mail and Reminder notifications
  • Import and export personal contacts
  • Import regional, national and religious holidays
  • Easily manage multiple email accounts
  • At-a-glance status reporting

Torpedo Garage in Germany, a network of 19 auto dealerships, is one of several companies who have already deployed OWA Desktop to their users. When they migrated to Exchange they knew they needed a web-based, thin email client to accommodate their mobile employees, but quickly met with resistance from users who were asked to move from Outlook.

“Most of our employees just want a couple of key features in OWA, so it functions and feels like Outlook,” said Stefan Schweitzer, Torpedo Garage’s IT Administrator, “With OWA Desktop, organizations can leverage all the benefits of cloud-based mail, without the transitional headaches. It’s customizable, easy to deploy, flexible—and best of all it saves real money.”

OWA Desktop is available immediately. For more information or to sign up for a free trial, visit