"Report: Gmail about one-third as expensive as hosted e-mail".. but, we think.. ‘You get what you pay for!’

The MS Exchange Blog (not the official MS team blog by the way) offers a nice perspective on the recent Forrester report which of declares Google’s GMail “the winner in price in a apples to oranges comparison. Why apples and oranges ? Well the list of the MS Exchange blog shows a few :

…Remember.. ‘You get what you pay for’

Some current ‘issues’ that I believe exist with Google Mail at present.. (from an Enterprise perspective)

-There’s no granularity of mailbox size limits

-Limited client-side rules capability

-Mailboxes can be accessed from any internet connected location – this has security considerations for some organisations

-Limited offline use – Google can  provide an ajax client that enables laptops to have the last 60 days’ mail available offline though

-Full clients such as Outlook are supported using the IMAP protocol, this would synchronise mail folders, but not calendars, meaning that a laptop user’s calendar would either be online and visible to those permitted, or offline and invisible

-Authentication – custom integration requires to be written/adopted in order for an Active Directory user ID to be used for Google Mail access

-Collaboration – Google of course provides a full suite of tools for collaboration use, however there is little to no granularity as to which users can use which tools

-Telephony – Google’s products do not currently support the SIP protocol for telephony integration

-Using a non-Microsoft mail platform would reduce the tight integration possible with applications such as Sharepoint

-In-house application support. Should a third-party application be in-place which integrates or uses Outlook for mail services, the application would need to be developed in order for it to be able to use Google Mail

-Mobile use – BES access would be via IMAP and BB use would therefore not be as functional

-Google Mail is still in ‘BETA’ !

-Google’s Privacy Policy could (should?) be a concern to some (most?) enterprises …

 

Source: "Report: Gmail about one-third as expensive as hosted e-mail".. but, we think.. ‘You get what you pay for!’

Peter de Haas
Peter de Haas

Peter is gedreven door de eindeloze mogelijkheden die technologische vooruitgang biedt. Met een scherp oog voor het herkennen van oplossingen waar anderen slechts problemen zien, is hij een expert in digitale transformaties. Peter zet zich met volle overgave in om individuen, teams en organisaties te begeleiden bij het ontwikkelen van nieuwe vaardigheden en het implementeren van innovatieve oplossingen.

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