Web hosting and domain name provider 1&1 Internet Ltd
has announced it is offering a new ‘cloud-based’ email package based on Microsoft Exchange 2013. The company, located in Slough, United Kingdom, has designed the package with a focus on the requirements of SMEs. Accounts are moderately priced at £6.99 ($10.71) +VAT per month and offer a range of benefits including 25GB of storage capacity, remote email access, offline email access via OWA caching, and full mobile synchronization. The option also provides the latest version of Outlook 2013 alongside a range of security, anti-spam and anti-virus safeguards.
Utilizing a 'cloud-based' model, 1&1's new offering enables account holders to scale mailboxes to accommodate fluctuating requirements. Accounts are available without extended contracts and allow organizations to pay only for what they require. The package offers 1 free domain name and the range of collaboration functions Microsoft Exchange users will be familiar with. These include contacts, calendars and tasks that can be shared among teams. Email data for each account is stored at 1&1's own data centers.
1&1 is the UK arm of German company 1&1 Internet AG, itself a subsidiary of United Internet Group. The company manages a global customer base of around 12 million contracts. Its latest Microsoft Exchange-based offering is an extension of previous offerings. The company has a good track record as far as web-based technologies are concerned, managing thousands of Microsoft Exchange email packages since 2000. Are there any viable alternatives to web-based Microsoft Exchange? Are they as reliable? Let us know your views. Add your comments below.