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Is it time to update your inbox?

James David - Thursday, June 30, 2011

The power of email systems has increased exponentially over recent years - gone are the times of 250 megabyte Exchange mailboxes - and yet our email systems often languish as relics of times gone by. So why aren't businesses taking advantage of the plethora of new tools and potentials modern email systems have to offer?

Microsoft Exchange is an industry staple, and Exchange 2003 was a great system, but technology evolves at a blistering rate, and the developments our communication tools have seen since its release in 2003 are incredible. When Exchange 2003 was released, for example, we didn't know that we were getting ready to leave behind our Blackberries for Apples, and that we wouldn't need special back-end mobile services to give us email and internet on the go and without the woe. Clouds were, primarily, mischievous and carefree entities that roamed the skies and watered our plants. And having all the advantages of an Exchange server meant... having an exchange server.

These days the (then necessary) limitations of an established staple like Exchange 2003 can seem archaic - especially when you consider how our use of email, internet, and connected devices has changed and grown. Happily, the upgrade options available to every level of business, and even households, are a varied, friendly, and powerful bunch.

Cloud-based solutions, such as Office 365 and Google Apps, provide Exchange-level functionality, reliability and redundancy, without the cost and management of running an in-house Exchange server. If you're a small business and want collaboration, shared contact lists and calendars, and simple and sensible syncing and integration between multiple devices, these services are amazing.

If you need more, or if you need the absolute slickest of integration with Microsoft Office, Exchange 2010 is everything you're used to, only with ten years of technological advancement considered, developed and integrated.

Upgrading your IT systems can be a costly and time-consuming consideration, but there comes a time when the cost of stagnation far outweighs that of change. It could be time to look into your email systems, and see what an upgrade will bring to your business.

 

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