Google Removing Features From Free Services
With a new year comes a desire to clean up any loose ends and start fresh. In that same vein, Google has decided to close up shop on some of the less popular features on their free products. While some of the services that are disappearing are not surprising – no one really knows about Punchd, the Android app which stored loyalty punch cards on your smartphone – some of the features that are closing are a little more shocking.
After January 4, 2013, Google closed Google Sync for new users of the business email hosting service. Google Sync was the equivalent of Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync, which allowed users to sync Google Mail, Calendar and contacts. There seems to be something of a “platform war” escalating between Microsoft and Google; the new Windows Phone 8 doesn’t support CalDAV or CardDAV – the go to apps for Google’s calendar and contact syncing functions – and so, users of Windows Phone 8 won’t be able to sync their phones with their Gmail. Microsoft is doing what it can to sway people from using Gmail to outlook.com – a paid email service.
While the heavyweights at Google and Microsoft slug it out for business email hosting email supremacy, the Connect package at KerioMailHosting.com may be an ideal alternative for your business needs. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your IT costs, the Connect package may be the perfect way to go as an email hosting service. The pricing for one user per year is $41.40; when you consider Outlook charges $6/month and Gmail $50/year, our pricing is second to none. On a monthly basis, that means you’re looking at roughly $3.45/month, which results in a significant cost savings for you when investing in email hosting for small business.
The Connect package offers the following features:
- Web mail access
- Outlook Connector, which allows you access to a global address list
- Share Calendar, where you can share your calendar with your contacts
- Syncing to your handheld device
- Real time calendar notifications
- The peace of mind of dual layer anti-spam protection
- Archiving, where you can backup your email
- Free technical support
- Secure data center with 24/7 monitoring
In looking at all these features, it’s fairly easy to see that your business can benefit a great deal from taking advantage of what KerioMailHosting.com can offer as an email hosting for small business service through its Connect package. Certainly, if you have a 15 employee business, which is basically the starting spot that both Google and Microsoft looks at in establishing its pricing matrix, you can see that KerioMailHosting.com offers the ideal pricing configuration for your business needs.
While Microsoft and Google continue to slug it out for mail server supremacy, KerioMailHosting.com offers the convenience and affordability you and your business needs in order to thrive in today’s highly competitive business world. We support both Windows and Mac platforms, so there’s no needless competition that ultimately restricts your ability to stay in touch with your business correspondence, contacts and calendar. This is one of the best options for small businesses looking to grow or for larger businesses looking to save on some of their expenses.