We have our first client that is going from POP to hosted exchange. This will be our first that doesn't have Exchange on SBS or POP. A flood of 4 users!
My understanding from standing on the sidelines on this topic is that there's 3 variations of hosted exchange?
Office 365 from Microsoft for $4 for just exchange? Or are there other tiers of Exchange only? They already have office on their desktops so no need to rent that and they don't need it on their iphones.
Office 365 from other vendors for a little more money, with better support? Is the interface the same as office 365 or do they have a different front end? Who offers that? GoDaddy I believe? Others?
Hosted exchange from Sherwood, Rackspace and others? At a higher cost than the 2 above if I am not mistaken?
As a naïf in the hosted exchange arena, does one stand out for you as better or worse than the rest? If it matters, I would like to be in the middle of the loop for billing where the vendor bills me and I bill the client. So at least I'll know the account is paid up when they call saying things aren't working. Does that eliminate Office 365?
They would like to import their existing mail, contacts and calendar from the PC for each user. Do these services allow that easily for 4 users or I recall people talking of migrationwhiz and other services? They have used POP for years so there are no shared calendars or public folders that need to come over. Can the native or outside services also pull info such as calendar and contact from the iphones without causing too many dupes?
Thank you in advance for any advice