November 27, 2012
A large number of small businesses, enterprises, ISPs and other service providers use SmarterMail to provide communication services to over 15,000,000 end users worldwide. Some of these organizations chose SmarterMail over alternatives like Microsoft Exchange because of the high traffic volumes SmarterMail can handle without compromising the mail server’s stability. Others like the the fact that SmarterMail’s overall cost is about 20% of Microsoft’s Exchange solution, even when including add-ons like antivirus and synchronization protocols. Starting December 1st, these customers will be even happier they chose SmarterMail!
That’s because it’s about to get even more expensive for companies using Microsoft Exchange since Microsoft is increasing their licensing costs again! This is, ostensibly, because Microsoft has finally realized that people are interacting with their products in new and different ways that they didn’t anticipate. Therefore, they’re essentially taxing you for those changes.
What’s happening is that Microsoft is increasing the client access license (CAL) costs for small business and enterprise customers as well as for service providers trying to provide Microsoft Exchange services to small businesses. With these increases, Microsoft is really making it difficult for service providers to provide online mail services as they continue to increase costs but also introduce very cost effective services themselves, such as Office365 and Outlook.com.
This is where SmarterMail really proves its overall value.
SmarterTools provides small businesses and service providers with the ability to have in-house mail services at a fraction of the cost of using Microsoft Exchange. Service providers can even create software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings that easily compete with Outlook.com and Office365, not only on features but on price as well. SmarterMail supports everything Microsoft Exchange does such as standard IMAP, POP, and SMTP as well as calendaring, contacts, tasks, notes. It also supports push technologies for mobile devices using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Exchange Web Services, SyncML, CalDAV and CardDAV. SmarterMail even supports live chat using industry-standard XMPP protocols that integrate perfectly with live chat clients like Adium, Pidgin and even Microsoft Live Messenger.
No matter if your users have an iPhone, Android tablet, Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Outlook 2013, Apple Mail or any number of other mobile devices or desktop clients you can provide them with the SAME EXACT experience as Microsoft Exchange users have.
We have a great section of our help documentation that provides more information about how SmarterMail compares with Microsoft Exchange, both from the User side as well as from the Administration side.
Don’t get burned by the Microsoft tax!