Mac and Mac OSX

Outlook 2011 search disappointing? Try Office365’s OWA.


Using the search of OWA will yield better results.

Using the search of OWA will yield better results.

When you’re a Mac user with an Office365 subscription, I’m sure you’re already enjoying Office 2011 on your machine. While not quite the same experience as Office 2013 (which is slicker and has a better UI), you can get things done.

One thing which isn’t easy to “get done”, however, is searching for e-mails. For me, Outlook 2011 is lacking in that department. When searching for a mail in Outlook 2013 (in Windows) it’s a million times easier to find the mail I want, than in the Mac counterpart. The search function isn’t exactly fantastic.

But there’s a quick way to get the “full” search experience: Simply login to “OWA”. Outlook Web Access on Office365 is nothing like the clumsy online mail client you’ll remember (or don’t). It’s a smooth, feature rich mail client – with better search than Outlook 2011. So if you’re looking for an e-mail and Outlook 2011 is refusing to cooperate – fire up OWA and get the job done.

OWA can be found when logging into Office365 and clicking “Outlook” or by going to