Google has been providing a hosted email solution through cloud computing software for some time now, but Microsoft 365 also has a similar deal that can give business users a smooth experience. Launched in 2011, the Microsoft 365 cloud computing services has enough collective years under its belt to effectively compete with the pioneer Google Apps. With this alternative to free mail services, your business can have professional emails that use your business domain name.
Hosting your own in-house email servers and maintaining staff to manage the system can be very costly. The Microsoft 365 solution is a paid service, but reasonably priced for small enterprises and even freelancers. The monthly fees are based on the number of users, so you can control your costs. A basic hosted email plan can cost as little as 5 US dollars per month per user, which includes a 50GB mailbox, 1TB of file sharing and cloud storage services, plus HD video conferencing and Office Online. You also have the option to upgrade for a full desktop installation and the use of mobile apps as well. This might be more costly that the Google Apps solution, but the Microsoft 365 hosted email solution is based on the very popular Microsoft Exchange platform.
Microsoft Exchange is widely compatible with other cloud computing platforms. It also provides true push email to devices that are compatible with Windows Mobile. This is like the Google Sync facility that allowed Gmail users to sync up their Gmail accounts on their mobile devices via Microsoft Exchange versus using IMAP. With Microsoft 365, however, no reconfiguration is necessary, and true push email can be used on your desktops as well as on mobile.
With Microsoft 365 cloud service, you can outsource your whole email infrastructure and get more powerful features than the standard free services provide. This hosted email solution includes the calendar service, online cloud storage services, and the Microsoft online office suite Office Web Apps. With Premium plans, you can even get a copy of Microsoft Office that you can use on up to five of your computers. This is a full version either for Windows or Mac, whichever system you are on, with free updates and new versions of the suite for as long as you are subscribed. This equates to additional savings that can mean a lot to a small business or a freelance operation.