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City of Boston moves from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 May 2013 7:30 User comments (3)

City of Boston moves from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has announced that the city will be moving from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps, the company's own suite of software for enterprise (and government) users.
The mayor has over 20,000 city employees. Boston is not the first municipality to make the switch as a number of large cities, agencies and large corporations have already made the move.

"We are continuing to drive it forward," added Bill Oates, Boston's chief information officer. "We've been ready, willing, and able to leverage any of these new capabilities."

The CIO says it costs about $100 per year per employee for Microsoft's products. The city says it will cost about $800,000 to move to Google Apps, but the move will save the government $280,000 per year moving forward.



Furthermore, Google's contract terms are said to be much simpler than Microsoft's. Additionally, Google updates all of its software via the Internet, which Microsoft only just began doing, and not even with all of their products.

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3 user comments

113.5.2013 01:57

This is where you can have your own domain using Google products?

214.5.2013 03:48

this will be due to the windows 8 needing touch screens and stuff to work so based on cost and ROI it's much easier to just leave MS and go with something else that doesn't require every PC to be upgraded just to work with win8.

then you have the problem of office 2013 being tablet touch screen based and trying to use spread sheet software on a phone is a pain in the arse, office 2013 will have the exact same problem as a tablet yet on a mouse/touch driven PC.

Having the 6 different ways to use win8 just doesn't work and trying to get people to do stuff only 1 way will be a major nightmare or support people.

314.5.2013 04:32

It's all web based software, it's got nothing to do with Windoze 8.

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