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Microsoft and Google offer cloud-based suites

By John Agsalud

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 10, 2013

~~<p>For a few years now, cloud computing in general, and software-as-a-service in particular, has been a hot topic. Many folks, however, have yet to truly use any cloud-based solutions for business purposes. This is rapidly changing, as general business software is becoming more and more prevalent in the cloud. Not surprisingly, industry titans Microsoft and Google lead the way with cloud-based solution suites for office productivity software. Office 365 is Microsoft's offering, while Google simply refers to their product as Apps.</p>
<p>Perhaps the most attractive product to both suites is email. Anyone who runs their own email server knows how much of a pain this can be. Microsoft, with the Exchange Online component of Office 365, provides a good service for anyone converting from a terrestrial version of Exchange. Given that Exchange has been the market leader for email servers in the past decade (at least), Exchange Online is proving to be a popular service.</p>
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For a few years now, cloud computing in general, and software-as-a-service in particular, has been a hot topic. Many folks, however, have yet to truly use any cloud-based solutions for business purposes. This is rapidly changing, as general business software is becoming more and more prevalent in the cloud. Not surprisingly, industry titans Microsoft and Google lead the way with cloud-based solution suites for office productivity software. Office 365 is Microsoft's offering, while Google simply refers to their product as Apps.

Perhaps the most attractive product to both suites is email. Anyone who runs their own email server knows how much of a pain this can be. Microsoft, with the Exchange Online component of Office 365, provides a good service for anyone converting from a terrestrial version of Exchange. Given that Exchange has been the market leader for email servers in the past decade (at least), Exchange Online is proving to be a popular service. Login for more...



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