Microsoft Cloud-based Exchange Online Detailed

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 30, 2010

According to this SF Gate report, Microsoft Corp. has been ramping up its cloud-based Exchange Online offering, but has gotten aggressive in targeting the service toward larger users.

Exchange Online Standard is a true cloud offering.

"Microsoft is quick to point out what it sees as Exchange Online's competitive advantages against Google Apps for Business, such as better integration with its Outlook client, and the way it manages tasks and reminders. The company also touts more-advanced features, such as the ability to delegate calendar administration while keeping some e-mail private -- and the ability to audit that activity.

"While most business users of cloud-based e-mail services are relatively small, Google counts several large enterprises among its clients.

"That said, most organizations that have migrated from Exchange to Google Apps -- including Sanmina-SCI, with 16,000 users migrated; and Gatwick, England-based Rentikil Initial, with 10,000 users migrated and 25,000 due to be completed by June -- say they began their assessments between one and two years ago. This was before Microsoft had a viable competitive product. It remains to be seen whether Google can keep winning away enterprise Exchange customers as the competition tightens."

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