I still use Outlook and a Hosted Exchange account and I still think it is THE BEST email solution available at this time. But, Google Apps is getting better and better everyday.
I love Outlook and I’ve wanted to switch to Google Apps but I don’t want to leave Outlook and my exchange server. The reason for this is the full synchronization capabilities that are built into all phones and Outlook and Exchange. Everything stays in Sync on multiple devices and I don’t even have to try to make it work, it just works.
Well, this may change after what Google Released today.
Google Apps Sync for Outlook
Google announced today a new Google Apps feature that enables syncing with Microsoft Outlook mail, calendar and contacts data, giving Outlook users a way to use Google Apps without changing their behavior. It will launch worldwide this afternoon (but only available in English; Google said other languages will come later) for Google Apps Premiere Edition subscribers. See the video at the end for more details.
At the Google-hosted event this morning, Google Senior Product Manager Chris Vander Mey demonstrated the feature by showing how users can schedule a lunch meeting in Outlook and the appointment will simultaneously sync up in Google Apps. ?We spent a long time making Outlook work really well,? he said. ?That should tell you how committed we are.?
Will I switch from Hosted Exchange?
Probably not at this point. The reason for this is to get the Google Apps Sync is that you have to be a Google Apps Premier Edition Subscriber.
To be a Premier Edition member it costs $50 bucks per user/ per year. We’ll my Hosted Exchange account costs me $107.50 per year. With only a $50 dollar difference in cost per year it’s not worth the time and effort to switching email providers yet.
Should you use Google Apps Premier?
Because most of you are probably using an email of firstname.lastname@example.org or some other freebie email. This will kill to birds with one stone if you sign up. You will get a professional email address instead of the one you have now and you can keep using Outlook and have everything in sync between Outlook and Google Apps web interface.
Do you want it setup? If so then call me and I can help you get it done.