Built to deliver the enterprise-grade security and reliability that businesses require, Microsoft Exchange Online provides hosted email, calendar and contacts on your PC, phone and web browser while improving your productivity, starting at $9.95 Per Month.
By upgrading to the world’s most popular business messaging software, Microsoft Exchange Server, you can significantly raise your team’s efficiency for a small monthly fee.
Basically, Exchange is a computer server that stores your company’s email, calendars, address books and files centrally, so they are available 24×7 and can be shared among your team, if you wish. It is the messaging system of choice for most Fortune 500 corporations.
Exchange users typically use Microsoft Outlook as their email ‘client’. Among many advanced features, this lets them:
Exchange is a email on steroids, leap and bound better than the basic POP3 or IMAP4 email system. Exchange makes your team much more productive through constant access to email, calendars and contacts, as well as important files and information.
Basic POP and IMAP email systems, which are currently used for accessing email, are more suited to home and personal user, rather than business, and were never designed as a collaborative tool.
Now that hosted Exchange is available for no upfront cost, with low monthly fees, smaller and mid-sized companies are increasingly realizing the instant competitive advantage that Exchange can give them.
To help you understand the productivity-boosting options that Exchange offers, here is a comparison of Outlook/Exchange 2003 versus basic email options:
|Exchange Server||POP3 / IMAP4|
|Send out meeting requests, then track and update them|
|Shared calendars and side-by-side calendar views|
|Access to personal and shared address books from remote locations|
|Outlook single sign-on for email and network access|
|Outlook connections over the Internet are secure||Some solutions|
|Server-side spam filtering||Some solutions|
|Put multicolored flags next to emails as a reminder to follow up||Partial|
|Ability to add voting buttons to a messages|
|Automatic out-of-office reply|
|Ability to recall sent messages|
|Support for multiple-computer access||Partial|
|Access to email via Web browsers and mobile browsers, Outlook Mobile in Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphones||Non-Microsoft products are typically required|
|Outlook Cached Exchange Mode for working with intermittent Web connection (eg dial-up)||Some solutions offer caching|
|Offline email, calendar, contacts, and public folder support||Partial|
|Access to public folders for sharing documents and information||Individual email folder access in IMAP|
|Basic email support for SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4|
|Easy management of Outlook and Exchange Server profiles across multiple machines to lower support costs|