Moving email to the "Cloud"

I am currently running my own in house exchange server and considering moving to a hosted solution (The Cloud).  There seems to be several option in a hosted base system.  Does anyone have any suggestions or where to start?  Office 365 or hosted exchange?  Google, Microsoft, Intermedia ... how do you pick?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We do not have any Exchange Servers left at any of our clients. Too much labor and maintenance to keep them going.

One client uses Microsoft Office 365, then our remaining clients use Dimension Data.  Both vendors provide good service and excellent spam control which is the primary guard against ransomware.
Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
We are also using Microsoft Office 365 which is a very good option.
TrailShredderIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Within the last year we have upgraded to office 2016 Standard with 75 licenses.  Does office 365 include an Outlook license or office license?  IS there an option to use our current license and save some money and get a little more payback on our investment of the 75 office licenses?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to pay a monthly fee per user for the service. That includes Outlook.  However your Office version includes everything else, so you can use your existing license and then pay the monthly fee. The offset to that is the reduction in in-house labour and maintenance.
Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
>> Does office 365 include an Outlook license or office license?
You need to pay extra. Details I am not sure.
TrailShredderIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
We also currently have shared calendars on exchange/outlook.  Will those carry over to Office 365 or should we consider a hosted exchange server solution?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You should move these over to the Hosted solution. You need to get support from the Hosting vendor on what you would move and how.

You need to meet with the Hosting Vendor and make a detailed plan. You have some work in front of you.

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