Google Apps is a service that is provided by Google that puts your email, contacts, documents, calendar and more onto the servers of Google. This is also known as Cloud Computing. The Internet now makes it possible for companies to unburden their servers while making their data more easily accessible via the Internet. Cloud Computing is when you run your office applications in a browser and your data is resident on a server outside of your office. These application are also referred to as “software-as-a-service” or SAAS. When you use Gmail, you are using an SAAS. Rather than using Outlook, you use your browser to access your email.
What is unique about Google Apps is that you can host your email domain on Google Servers and use the Gmail interface to access your office email. And as part of the Google hosting suite, you also get online shared Calendar, Documents and Contacts. The online email uses the same interface as Gmail. There is a free Standard Service. And their is an upgrade to a Premium Service for $50 per user per year that gives you 25gb of space per user, Postini Spam filtering, access to tech support and more.
Migrating from Outlook and Exchange involves moving all of your InBox and Archived emails from your computer and your server to the Google servers. The migration tools will also send your contacts, calendars and notes out to Google’s servers. So, if you want to unburden your server and have easy, browser-based access to your email, contacts documents and shared office calendar, we would highly recommend migrating to Google Apps.
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