My Thoughts on Google’s Message Continuity for Exchange

If you haven’t seen, Google recently announced a new service for Microsoft Exchange Server: Google Message Continuity for Exchange Server.  The folks in the Exchange team posted their thoughts about this new service.  To quickly summarize their point of view:  Cumbersome and Costly.  I completely agree and let me explain why. Cumbersome: What’s my password…

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Cloud Power or Cloud Compromises: You Choose

We announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is ready to go live with the premier productivity cloud solution: Microsoft Online Services.  The USDA brings us the food pyramid, organic certification, food safety, and the US Forest Service.  Now, we can return the favor by providing their 120,000 employees with Exchange, SharePoint…

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Google, the GSA and the Competition

Today, the General Services Administration made the decision to replace several different versions of IBM’s Lotus Notes and Domino software with Google for its own email.  While we are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to meet the GSA’s internal messaging needs, we will continue to serve its productivity needs through the familiar experience…

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Google Waves the White Flag on Productivity with Announcement of Cloud Connect.

Yesterday, Google announced Cloud Connect, aiming to embrace Microsoft Office as the preferred productivity environment for all Google Apps users.  I think this is welcome news for many users who gain another way to share documents in whatever way they prefer.  In fact, just last week, we were pleased to announce that the new Facebook…

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Software is the Solution for Unified Communications (UC) and Collaboration

Guest Post:  Tim Banting, Senior Product Manager, Lync Today Microsoft is turning every communication into a more accessible, collaborative and engaging experience.  Microsoft Lync ushers in the next generation of communications with a complete Enterprise voice solution that allows customers to augment, or completely replace traditional PBX systems and deliver a powerful end-user experience.  It…

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WinWire Technologies Leaves Google Apps for Microsoft’s Cloud

I am pleased to highlight WinWire Technologies as another customer who has selected Microsoft Online after finding that Google Apps was not ready for their business.  You can read the full  case study here.  WinWire Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Managed Partner that had moved to Google Apps in 2007, a year before we…

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Intero Real Estate Goes to the Cloud with Microsoft

Today we released a great case study about Intero Real Estate and their decision to go with Microsoft Online after evaluating Google Apps.   In fact, just last week yours truly presented a webinar on TechRepublic along with three other customers who actually left Google Apps for many of the same issues identified by Intero Real Estate.  You…

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Office 365 and the Family Tree – Leadership

Today we are excited to announce, Office 365, a new brand of services that I believe will lead customers to increase their adoption of cloud services. For the official news of the day, I recommend you visit our event  site. Go sign up for the BETA! Over the last couple of weeks we’ve announced several…

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State of California Selects CSC and BPOS! Google Can’t Meet Needs of the State.

Today, I am pleased to hear that the State of California awarded CSC a contract to migrate its current multiple e-mail applications to a cloud-based solution with Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).Please take time to read more about the announcement.  California is by far the most populous state in the United States and is…

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Is Google App Engine Enterprise-Ready?

Hi folks, my name is Johanna White, and I’m a senior product manager in Microsoft’s Online Services group. I’ve been at Microsoft for three years, first running the Ramp Up program (a free online learning program for developers), and then working on the SharePoint team before I moved to Online Services to focus on developers….