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Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the set of conventions that World Wide Web servers use to send Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) pages over the Internet for display by a Web browser. Microsoft Exchange Server provides Microsoft Outlook Web Access, a Web-based e-mail client application that interacts with the Active Server function built into Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS).
With Outlook Web Access, users can access data on a Microsoft Exchange Server computer by using an Internet browser from a UNIX, Macintosh, or Microsoft Windows-based computer. Outlook Web Access provides Web-based public access to Microsoft Exchange Server public folders and global address lists. Validated users can log on to their personal accounts to read and send private mail. Using Web-based public folder access, an organization can build private and public discussion forums on the Internet and on its intranet. Users can publish information on the Internet without converting documents to HTML format.