Small Biz MS Exchange Options

I had a company on MS Office Live Small Business. We set their email, contacts, and calendaring system up a few years ago on a hosted MS Exchange Server through 4Smartphone.com. It worked great. When MS came out with what they call Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync late last year, partially to save some money, we moved them to that system with similar capability. Because MS Office Live Small Business is built on Hotmail, you can run Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync into MS Outlook. You set it up though the Hotmail Outlook Connector. Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync lacks task syncing but otherwise works great.

When MS Office 365 comes out later this year, all MS Office Live Small Business users will be moved to that system. It’ll cost a bit more but include a lot more functionality. We’ll look at changing this company to over to Office 365 hosted Exchange Server at that point.

Office 365, Intune, and Dynamics CRM Online

Free software isn’t always cheaper in the end.  I’m dealing with a horrible cluster of open source software on one project; we barely get anything done with all the time we spend trying to figure how the software works. My recent web projects have been in Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, and with Microsoft tools. I’ve even been playing with Tumblr and Squarespace. But (and this is hard to admit) Microsoft’s new “cloud offerings” have me going to trainings and up nights studying. Continue reading “Office 365, Intune, and Dynamics CRM Online”