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  • Google Apps vs Windows Live admin for email backend

    Hi Guys

    Just wondered if anyone has ventured down the road of just using google or hotmail for a backend mail server, while still retaining office SAL/SPLA/OEM on your client server/terminal server setups?

    I was looking at trialling both out, with the idea of either google or windows live admin as an inexpensive way of having google or microsoft do the backend mail & we look after the front end.

    I havn't got around to trialling google as yet, but it appears to be either $5 per user per month, or $50 per year for google apps. Which will include my mail, plus google applications....not that I'm after them, but its there.

    http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/b.../features.html


    Whereas windows live admin is free, you can create up to 500 accounts & they have a 500GB mailbox limit...wtf?!

    http://domains.live.com/

    http://www.liveside.net/2009/07/20/h...size-actually/

    I synced it up with my outlook, iphone, couple of other pc's to test & shared calendars, all synced up fine. So whats the downside? Am I missing something here? It took about 10 mins to completely set up.

    I dont really need or want all the google apps at this stage & if I dont have to pay anything at all for backend mail management.....then why do I need google apps?

    The lack of AD integration measn it doubles your account management, but to get that I would need to go for BPOS/Office 365 which is even more.
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