Exchange and SharePoint Services
Emails, diaries and intranets are easy with these services from Microsoft
What is Microsoft Exchange?
Microsoft Exchange is a program that handles email, diaries and addresses for businesses. Its benefits include:
I already have email, so why do I need this?
Many businesses rely on basic POP3 email accounts from their internet service provider or even web mail. These are not usually ideal for business use:
Some users who have made the switch say: "It amazes people who haven't seen it before - it is way beyond what POP3 email could ever offer."
What is 'hosting'?
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Many companies run Exchange Server on dedicated server computers on their own premises. And in many cases, this is the best option. However, thanks to new Microsoft technology, it is possible to outsource this to specialist hosting companies, just like you might let someone host your website for you.
This can reduce the cost, risk, complexity and support burden associated with an in-house system. It is also quicker to set up than an in-house system and can reduce your up-front costs.
However, there are advantages to having an in-house system too: if you work with a reliable IT consultant (like a Microsoft Small Business Specialist) they may be able to help you with in-house setup and support.
Why choose hosted Exchange?
There are several reasons why you might chose a hosted solution over an in-house email system:
What is hosted SharePoint Server and how can it help my business?
Just as you can outsource Microsoft Exchange Server, it is also possible to get Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services as a hosted service. This allows you and your colleagues to work more effectively by storing business information in a secure, private intranet website that is accessible anywhere.
SharePoint is useful for:
Microsoft does not sell hosted Exchange or SharePoint itself. Instead, they are available through a number of different providers - for instance, BT or Pipex. They may provide different combinations of features and price but they all use Microsoft's advanced server software.