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Online services: Microsoft or Google?

By JLVFR ·
Hia folks


So...

I've made my mind. I'm going to transfer our email (250 acounts) to the cloud. No more problems with servers, licensing, updates, etc...

My problem now is: which cloud? I'm staring at proposals from Google (Apps) and Microsoft (Online services). Costwise, there isn't much diference, certanly not enough to be important. So, I'm left with reliability, ease of service, etc. I've tested Apps, but not MS yet (will start next week); all I got was 5mn at a presentation.

Has anyone been comparing these two systems, or knows of online articles comparing both? I confess that my google fu has failed me on this. Any hints?

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Well if you are in the EU

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Online services: Microsof ...

First thing to check is where the data centre can be, otherwise you fall foul of the data protection act...

Talking of data protection, did you look at up time,guaranteed services levels, accessibility, security?

All those things you are managing now on your own kit....

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Too similar

by JLVFR In reply to Well if you are in the EU

All those items (up time,guaranteed services levels, etc) are almost identical in both cases (at least, if I believe the propaganda...), so neither will be an issue. Apparently, MS will pay you back, in cash, if there's more down time than advertised...

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Pay you back waht though?

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Too similar

Their fees, or lost business, missed opportunities, late penalties....

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Fees

by JLVFR In reply to Pay you back waht though?

I think (if I understood correctly, but still checking) they'll refund fees.

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The differences are mostly superficial, but let me just remind you of

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Online services: Microsof ...

one little thing about calculations:

Ever been installing something on a Microsoft Window system and seen the little progress bar count down the time as well, it gets down to 1 minute and 3 seconds - then, about 4 seconds later, it reads 1,145,789 seconds and takes about 80 seconds of real time to finish the job. That little routine that suddenly comes up with over a million seconds in under a minute is part of the basic Microsoft calculations routines. Now, how much to you feel you can trust the Microsoft calculation on any of those figures?

BTW: I hope you've given real consideration to the affect this will have on internal emails, as the lose of your Internet connection or their server takes out your internal email communications as well as the external ones. But it does make accessing email when away from the base office much easier.

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I know...

by JLVFR In reply to The differences are mostl ...

"Now, how much to you feel you can trust the Microsoft calculation on any of those figures?"

I know. All companies boost up their advertising, so I'll take that into consideration...

"or their server takes out your internal email communications as well as the external ones."

I'm aware of this, which is one worry I have in relation to MS. I know google comes with a cache mode that let's you keep seeing your email as well as sending mails (they are stored for latter dispatch), but don't know yet if MS has similar. And, right now, I'm stuck with a in-house system that, not only fails on ocasion, but also has to be expensivly replaced...

What's really "pulling" me to MS right now is their online outlook. It's so similar to "regular" outlook, that I won't have to train my users to use it, as opposed to Google, which is radically diferent from what they are used to...

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Hey, Google Mail - Live Mail, they all look similar and everyone knows

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I know...

how to use them.

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Not quite...

by JLVFR In reply to Hey, Google Mail - Live M ...

Many people here don't use Gmail. And Gmail's "not folders, markers" system is very diferent from Outlook, which causes problems for tech support (me). Also, Gmail doesn't have autoinsertion of signatures, and doesn't have message recipts, something we saddly have to use when dealing with our clients...

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