“It will cost Boston around $800,000 to move over to Gmail, Google Docs for word processing, and Google’s cloud service for storing documents. But by dropping some Microsoft products, the city government will save at least $280,000 a year.”
see Boston dumps Microsoft Exchange for Google Apps
It sounds like “search” all over again. M$ spends hundreds of millions spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about Google and people still love the value they get from Google. The negatives of using M$’s 365 “solution” solve nothing but how to keep M$’s cash-cow delivering. Having to install local applications just to access the cloud is just plain silly. M$ had better decide whether to stand on the boat or the dock because the boat is leaving. Users get nothing from supporting M$’s desktop monopoly, office suite and then paying more for the cloud… The whole idea of the cloud is to cut cost and complexity. M$ is increasing both.
“We had been using Microsoft Exchange for more than 14 years and it was starting to outlive its usefulness. Tools that we relied on in Exchange 2007 didn’t work when we upgraded to the 2010 version, calendaring was messy and mobile syncing was even tougher. Our Sharepoint server – the center of collaboration for the company – was just not working.
Our search for a cloud-based email and collaboration system came down to Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps. While our 1,200 employees were used to Microsoft’s tools, we weren’t convinced their solution fully understood the cloud; Office 365 still required us to install software and hardware. Google Apps was entirely cloud-based and offered everything we needed with a single license – it was the right way to go for us.”
That’s a quote from a long time customer. Did you hear that, M$? That’s the sound of the door closing in your face and true openness in IT taking the place of needless complexity and cost.