In order for the Out of Office Assistant to work as you would expect, you need an Exchange-compatible email account in addition to Outlook as Exchange Client software, as well as a Mail Exchange Server which – in contrast to normal email accounts – simply receive your emails Provide retrieval – the task is not only to receive emails, but also to set rules for them.
Large companies usually maintain their own mail servers on which the Microsoft Exchange software (or alternatives) are installed. Such a thing is worthwhile for individuals, freelancers, and single self-employed but usually not.
But there are also solutions for the private sector and small businesses:
Check if your provider offers the possibility to convert your existing email account into an Exchange compatible one, or hire a Small Business Hosted Exchange solution from a professional company.
These are already available from about 2, – € per month, and also offer many other benefits such as:
- reliable virus protection
- regular backups