SMBs urged to embrace hosted email with Exchange Online

Monday 22 April 2013

Business

The advanced email capabilities of Office 365 should be a major draw for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it has been claimed.

Writing for SmallBusinessComputing.com, Paul Mah explained that the cost of Exchange Online - which offers business email services hosted in the cloud - has reduced significantly since it first launch.

This means it is more affordable for SMBs to equip an entire workforce with cloud-based email and messaging functionality.

Mr Mah claimed that the mainstream popularity of cloud services has forced traditional software vendors such as Microsoft to redesign Exchange for the cloud.

"The market pressure resulted in a robust Microsoft-hosted Exchange Online service at a highly competitive price," he added.

Mr Mah said that unless an SMB has compelling legal or compliance concerns, Exchange Online offers a far more appealing cost-of-ownership proposition than an on-site Exchange deployment.

"Moreover, Exchange Online also includes spam and malware protection, which costs extra if you buy an on-premise solution," he stated.

Find out more about Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online by clicking here.