Moving from Exchange to something

Ronald Hicks
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I'm contemplating shutting down my Exchange operation; a single Exchange server in a medium size church, with five full time staff members.  There is a really large Contact list, but it is not used for mass emailings because of our slow internet onnectionk (DSL). Constant Contact us used for that.  One alternative I'm pondering is just using Gmail.  Each staffer would have his or her own address in the form of Individual-Identifier.Organization@gmail.com, e.g. ronh.ChurchName@gmail.com.   There could also be, I think, a general purpose / multiuser address, e.g. office.churchname@gmail.com to which each staff person would have access.  Each person would/could have his or her own contact list, sort of like some do already in their Outlook clients.  A contact list could be maintained in the multiuse account, somewhat simulating the Global Account List in Exchange.

I'm hoping that the community will point out any flaws in this approach and make suggestions.

It is increasingly seeming to me that running an Exchange server in this environment it like using a diesel locomotive to crack walnuts, especially with the existence now of such services as Gmail which wasn't an option 18 years ago when we adopted Exchange.

I'm already using Google Groups for a closed group that 20 church leaders use to send messages among themselves and no others.

Any and all thoughts much appreciated.

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Rajul RajInformation Security Officer
Commented:
Hi ,

You can use zoho Mail service. https://www.zoho.com/mail/

You will be getting 25 user accounts for free with 5 GB each.

I am using this service for my own domain for past 2 years. No downtime till now. All the services is available that you are getting from a paid one.
Tim EdwardsIT Team Lead - Unified Communications & Collaboration
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Take a look at Gmail for Business

https://gsuite.google.com/

or Office 365 Business Essentials as well.

https://products.office.com/en-ca/business/office-365-business-essentials
Office 365 is exactly like Exchange and free or nearly so for non-profit orgs.   Not sure if religious orgs qualify.  Check here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/philanthropies/product-donations/eligibility/
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Terrific lead.  I did not know about the non-profit pricing at all.  Many thanks to all.  The other suggestions will be first on my to-try list if this doesn't work as I hope.

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