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Our business is looking at moving to an Exchange server from our current simple web mail from our host. Are there any alternative to Exchange? Has anyone used the new Exchange Online? I think I prefer that as we don't have to do any real configuration or backup on site. Are there other options besides MS Exchange for all in one mail, contact, and calendar sharing in a business environment?
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I am the IT Dept. at my company, and in June 2010 I moved us to Google Apps from Microsoft Exchange.

I like Exchange, but with Google there is no setup, no maintenance, no worries. You can even use Outlook with the Sync tool that they supply if that's what your users are used to.
 
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Our school just moved from MS Exchange to Outlook.

I would probably try to use something like the Google Apps suite if possible, I think you can use Google and still have email@company.com
    
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I am the IT Dept. at my company, and in June 2010 I moved us to Google Apps from Microsoft Exchange.
I like Exchange, but with Google there is no setup, no maintenance, no worries. You can even use Outlook with the Sync tool that they supply if that's what your users are used to.

Did you have a local Exchange server? It looks nice to have the Exchange part of the cloud services so there is no real setup at all. It would then be almost like Google Apps with better compatibility with our current systems.
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Did you have a local Exchange server? It looks nice to have the Exchange part of the cloud services so there is no real setup at all. It would then be almost like Google Apps with better compatibility with our current systems.

Yes we did have an Exchange server, but having Google host our email just eliminated any sort of problems that I may have run into.
Plus if you are setting it up for the first time, Google's process is about as simple as it gets.

Now we just have some users with Outlook and Google's sync utility. They never even knew there was a change.
Other users like to use the web gmail interface, because it's the same whether they are checking email from work or home; and they are familiar with it because they've used Gmail before.

For servers/services that need to send email from the building (Copiers, Batches/Programs that send status emails), I just have an SMTP server using Google Apps as a smarthost.
I do this because our IP has been put on Blacklists before and I'd like to be safe, just in case.
 
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Google Apps, but honestly - I'm a long time user of Gmail, and now I use Outlook + Exchange at work, and I prefer Outlook. There are more convenience functions for mail and calendar.

I guess you can use Outlook with Google's software so that they can use the calendar in Outlook.
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The calendar in Outlook also syncs with Google's calendar if you use GApps and their sync tool.
 
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