A Terrific Alternative: Microsoft Exchange Hosting
Way back when, I was in corporate IT. At the time, we had an office automation system that ran on our supermini computers and was available to anyone in the company who had a PC or terminal on their desk. The office automation system included electronic mail, calendaring, contacts, tasks and to-do lists, and support for file storage. Superminis and proprietary office automation systems are gone, and today many companies use Microsoft Exchange Server instead. First introduced in the mid-1990s, Microsoft Exchange server has grown to become a large, comprehensive and very powerful focal point for all sorts of collaborative software. Setup can be complex, and costs quite high. As a result, a lot of companies are using Exchange hosting services instead of running their own.
Among the most useful features of Exchange Server are its very powerful anti-spam and antivirus features. With most of us drowning in spam emails, a smart and well-managed and configured spam filter alone is worth switching to Exchange hosting. Intelligent Message Filtering catches spam and disposes of it before it clutters your mailbox. The same technologies are applied to detect fraudulent links, phishing, and spoofed domains. This alone can be invaluable. On the security and confidentiality side, mail going through Exchange Server is encrypted and provides immunity to spoofing and copying in transit.
There is also the Microsoft ActiveSync wireless device synchronization that supports push. Push technology is vital for mobile business. It's what makes email appear automatically on your mobile device. Push email was popularized by BlackBerry handhelds over a decade ago, and BlackBerry Mobile Service is usually available as an Exchange server hosting option. Also note that push technology is no longer just about email. Today's BlackBerry and other handheld devices also have wireless access to corporate data, phone, web and organizer features.
Companies offering Exchange hosting often also provide Microsoft SharePoint, a browser-based collaboration and document management system. SharePoint can be very useful in an Exchange Server environment and it includes several components. Inquire with your Exchange host as to the availability of SharePoint. They often throw it in for free.
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