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Published on December 18th, 2013 | by Josephbker

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Combine Outlook and Exchange For A Better Email Experience

If you’re starting a small or medium-sized business, a robust, hosted email account can provide a variety of business solutions you may currently be doing without. Yet with online and mobile business solutions on the rise, companies will find that Outlook email on Exchange Server 2013 is designed for business success. This new platform for Outlook is not only feature-rich, but a Microsoft Exchange hosting option makes data management and security even easier. A third-party company can set up a server, create pay-per-user accounts, and manage company data remotely while companies focus on their business goals at hand.

Why you should have it Hosted

By migrating your business to a Microsoft Exchange hosting service, you get all the benefits of a managed system without the complex setup, maintenance and costs. In lieu of costly servers and equipment, along with email administrators and support staff, you rely on a third party for your needs and usage at a reasonable fee. With most hosting services, you receive:

  • Automated system monitoring
  • Data security, backups, storage and recovery
  • Easy setup, access and management
  • Flexible options for businesses experiencing growth
  • High availability and load balancing among clients
  • Management and permissions autonomy
  • Reduced costs for equipment and maintenance

By pairing Microsoft Outlook to run on Microsoft Exchange 2013, you establish a solid, secure foundation for business email and collaboration. Designed with businesses in mind, this blended solution offers a variety of updated features.

New and Old features Combined

Some of these features were available in previous versions of Microsoft Exchange, some are greatly improved and some are new in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013:

  • A new Outlook web app for mobile platforms
  • Automated synchronization of Outlook Web Access (for online webmail)
  • Built in anti-malware settings and protection
  • The new Exchange Administrative Center (EAC) for console replacement
  • New customization options in Outlook and Outlook Web Access
  • New Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities
  • New processes for storing data in C#
  • Public folder storage in databases for added safety
  • Refined, faster search capabilities
  • Site-based mailboxes that allow integration between email and SharePoint documents
  • Support for as many as eight terabyte disks

If you’ve ever worked in an office and tried to manage data and information using a substandard web-based email program, it’s extremely frustrating. A welcome alternative is the Outlook email management features and user interface that’s paired with a hosted Microsoft Exchange service.

Exchange hosting isn’t a new concept, but the way in which we’re able to access, store and manage data, as well as collaborate and do business with our peers, clients and suppliers has changed greatly in the last 10 years. With the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) concept, companies are embracing the ability to have a managed services provider do the dirty work while they maintain their business continuity and work toward their business goals. Exchange hosting relies on a remote server, so businesses don’t have to build and deploy an expensive on-premise solution. Once you’ve been spoiled in the feature-rich pairing of Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Outlook, there’s no other solution quite like it.

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