migrate from POP3 to a hosted exchange server.

I have a POP3 accounts and our current system does not allow us to share calendars for instance. We will host our exanche email address with a company.

How this change will affect us ?
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Delphineous SilverwingGood Ol' GeekCommented:
Are your present POP3 accounts with an ISP, like Verizon or Comcast, such that your e-mail addresses are USER@COMCAST.NET, etc.?  Or do you already have a domain and your POP3 is hosted by the domain provider, like USER@YOURCOMPANY.COM?

If you are simply using an ISP with their branded e-mail addresses, then you can start shopping for a Exchange Hosting service and buy your domain (YOURCOMPANY.COM).  When you purchase your hosting service, you would modify the MX record of your domain to be the name and IP address which you are instructed by your Exchange Host.  You could be online with the new name in a couple days.

If you already have a domain, then once you select your Exchange Host and the mailboxes are setup, you need to modify the MX record of your domain (YOURCOMPANY.COM) to match the name and IP address which you are instructed by the Exchange Host.  Within a couple days you should be receiving e-mail at the new Exchange Host.

Whichever scenario applies above, since you are currently using POP3, you already have PST files of your mailbox content locally.  This makes a transition relatively simple, depending on your choice of host.

Most hosts offer the ability to import your PST data into your mailbox on their systems, but many charge for this function.

After your mailbox data is imported into your hosted mailboxes, everything is fairly smooth.

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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:

If you are using a hosted POP3 service then moving to a hosted Exchange service will mean more functionality and benefit for all users.

Your question is a bit vague to be honest so I can't give much more.

I recently migrated a new client (8 users) from a POP3 service to MS Office 365 E3 and they are loving everything.

There were some minor bugs in the migration but we got there and the client is much happier.

They have shared calendars and contacts.


koilaAuthor Commented:
thank you.
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