When we think about email services at the later part of 90s, MS Exchange will come to mind quickly. It is a very user friendly application with regard to email communication over the internet. It is very easy to set up a profile even a layman can do and its functions are to be appreciated the way it is made so simple.
It was Microsoft’s another innovation in the email/groupware solutions for the users of different operating systems. The features of the Exchange include Mail Box size, Basic Anti Virus, Basic Anti Spam, Encrypted Email (SSL), Blackberry, Exchange ActiveSync, GoodLink, Daily Backup, Email Archiving, Fax Services, Web Interface, Microsoft Gold Partner, Exchange 2003 hosting, Exchange 2007 hosting, Outlook Version supported, SAS70 certified (The SAS 70 was developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as a simplification of a set of criteria for auditing standards originally defined in 1988) service such as hosted data centers, 24×7 telephone support, Contact Lists, Address Books, Calendars, files, Folders, Task, etc. and it is very convenient to share them among the users, but those features mostly depends on the hosting provider. Also, all the functionality of Microsoft Outlook is immediately shared between the users and if you are ready to pay some extra rates such as applying for number of mail boxes, which are also available in different sizes. For example, one famous host offering 1 mail box for $ 12 and if the size of mail box is 1GB it will be for $ 10 per month and if it is of 4GB size then the rate will be reduced to $ 15 per month. If the number of mail boxes are more than 5 then there will be special discount and other offers.
Likewise there is pricing for mailbox per device such as Blackberry, Exchange ActiveSync, GoodLink, Enhanced Antivirus, Enhanced AntiSpam, etc. and there are some extra features with pricing such as Email Archiving for $ 10 per mail box, Fax Services without charges and Sharepoint for $ 30 per month, etc.
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