Where Google and Microsoft used to pull opposite ends of the rope in an endless game of office program Tug-O-War, Amazon has jumped right in and joined the fun. Now that there are three major players, who seems to be excelling the most and who could possibly be kicked out of the game earlier than the others?
Google Apps prides itself with its proven ease of use, with all applications revolving around a single login that you can use to access all information shared between a single workgroup. It’s free for the first 30 days, after which you have the option to pay $5 per user per month for 30GB worth of online file storage, or $10 per user each month for unlimited storage. Should you opt for an annual fee instead of a monthly one, the first option would only cost $50. However, the fact that all the data comes from a single source makes it vulnerable in case of downtime and network failure.
Office 365 is a web-based solution for the traditional MS Office Professional suite, which gives it the capability of giving access to every file in the system from anywhere and everywhere. This makes collaboration between people and offices more efficient compared to the physical version. However, Office 365 is also slower than the physical version which could amount to an eventual loss of productivity. Microsoft also offers added security as compared to Google or Amazon’s public cloud, but getting this option would also mean raising the costs. Office 365 gives 1TB file storage across all their packages, and getting the package that also comes with a 50GB mailbox would cost you $6 a month for each user or $5 a month if you give an annual commitment. The premium package would cost $15 per user for each month, although this comes with 50GB worth of mailbox, HD video conferencing, full versions of the Office suite across all computers and mobile devices.
Very little is still known about Amazon WorkMail considering that it is not slated to be released until the second quarter of this year, but a few sneak peeks into the system has shown a few possible pros and cons. It will be priced at $4 a month for each user, which would include a 50GB mailbox. It also gives the option of having a 50GB mailbox and 200GB worth of file storage through Zocalo for $6 a month. This proves to be more expensive than your basic Google or Microsoft packages. What proves to be WorkMail’s strengths, however, is the fact that the user can choose the data center that would work for them best, unlike Microsoft which chooses the nearest one by default regardless of its capacity. Users are also given control over their own encryption keys as the suite is integrated with the AWS Key Management system.