My agency has a mandate to switch to Microsoft Outlook from a different e-mail platform, and we are also planning on evaluating SharePoint for document sharing, collaboration. automating workflows, etc. Since we’re small (about 125 users), a hosted offering appears to offer some distinct advantages.
I’m curious about Microsoft’s hosted offering b/c it includes two of the products I have to look at supporting anyway. According to Microsoft’s website, the Business Productivity Online Suite currently includes:
– Exchange Online
– SharePoint Online
– Office Live Meeting
And coming soon (whatever that means):
– Office Communication Online
Here’s my big questions: is anyone using this offering yet, and if so, how does it compare to the traditional on-premises installation of the includes applications, especially Exchange and SharePoint?
I know there are countless variables and that these questions defy easy answers, but I’m trying to get a high-level feel of whether this offering is even worth further investigation.
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