Exchange Online – You can now get Desktop notification from Outlook Web Access

If you use Outlook Web Access (aka OWA, aka Outlook on the Web) and a modern browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge) you can now enable Desktop Notification to get notified when emails arrive while you are no longer browsing your mailbox but your browser is still running.

To turn it on, logon to your mailbox using your favourite browser ( and access the (quick) Settings menu available on the left side of your picture


Then you can turn on the Desktop Notification


After turning the option on, you may get a prompt from your browser asking confirmation to allow to Show notifications


You will get a confirmation of the successful activation


You can also enable/disable it from the (complete) Settings under the General section


Then next time you have your browser open but not your mailbox and email arrives, you will get notified on your Desktop


Benoit Hamet
Benoit Hamet
Benoit is working on Microsoft collaborative technologies He has been awarded as MVP for more than 12 years Currently MVP on Office 365 after being awarded on SharePoint (2011-2012) and Windows client & server (2002-2007) Speaker at various Microsoft events (TechDays, TechNet seminars) and Quest Software He works on on-premises (Active Directory, RADIUS/NPS, Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, SQL, Terminal Server, Windows client and Windows Server) or online (Azure, Intune, Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Teams) technologies