Do I Need Microsoft Outlook or Entourage Licenses?

Hosted exchange prices usually do not include a license for either Microsoft Outlook or Entourage. However, most hosted exchange email providers can offer a license to go with each exchange mailbox for a small monthly fee.

Users of Microsoft Office, who have a valid license, will already have a license to use Microsoft Outlook, and in this case there is no requirement to purchase one from the hosted exchange provider.

For companies that are moving to a hosted exchange environment, who have many exchange mailbox users, Microsoft offers volume licensing, providing both Outlook and Entourage licenses at a discount based upon volume.

Hosted exchange users who do not wish to purchase a license for either Microsoft Outlook or Entourage, have the option of using Outlook Web Access, which is included as part of most exchange hosting plans, or using another desktop email client that is compatible with the hosted exchange service.