So, in light of the pros and cons of the alternatives laid out in this test, should I keep going with Exchange, or should I switch?The only truthful answer we can give is "it depends."Certainly, Exchange is the more expensive messaging proposition, at least to start. There are many ways to buy Exchange, depending on how many users you need, but the short answer is that none of them cost less than about $75 per user and can run up to $140 per user for the bundles that include Exchange and Windows Server and user licenses for both of those as well as Forefront, Microsoft's antispam/antivirus service. Compared with a first-year cost of $10 to $60 per user coupled with the possibility of running it on an open source operating system, the Exchange alternatives we tested are clearly less expensive.If you really want to make a case for cost, you could also claim that Exchange requires a $90 Outlook license for each user, a Windows XP or Vista license for each user, and more expensive hardware … [Read more...] about Exchange: Should I stay or should I go?
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In an IT environment of MacBook laptops, Windows PCs, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices, why would any enterprise stick with Microsoft Outlook for email and collaboration?That very question prompted a 60-day pilot test at New England Biolabs, an Ipswich, Mass.-based molecular biology company. Given the growth of Macs and mobile BYOD technology at the company, as well as the need to collaborate with mobile users and international subsidiaries, the IT team decided it was time to seriously investigate Google Apps for Business as an alternative to Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server."Many of us, myself included, went into the process thinking this would be a no-brainer," says Ken Grady, CIO and director of IT at New England Biolabs. "We figured we'd end up moving to Google, saving a bundle of money, and everyone would be happier.""Boy, was I surprised," Grady added. As a result of its proof-of-concept testing, New England Biolabs decided to stick with its existing Outlook/Exchange Server … [Read more...] about Can Google Apps Unseat Microsoft Office and Exchange?
What's the most popular application software in the world? Most likely, Microsoft Office. You use it, your colleagues use it, your relatives use it, and just about everyone you know uses it.You certainly aren't getting the most out of it, though. That's where downloads can make the difference. We've assembled 15 great downloads to help you use Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint more effectively. With these downloads, you'll be able to cut through e-mail clutter, create PDF files for free, use Excel to run a business, and shrink massive PowerPoint files, among other things. And they're all free or almost free. [ Discover the top-rated IT products as rated by the InfoWorld Test Center. ]It's time to get downloading and boost your productivity.General Office DownloadsThe following three downloads are a great place to start if you're looking for overall help with Office. With these programs, you can recover lost product keys, kill privacy-invading information, and even replace Office … [Read more...] about Fifteen great Microsoft Office optimization tools
Apple's iPad Air 2 is its best iPad yet, but is it a better buy than Microsoft's Surface 3? For some users it's a question that doesn't have an easy or quick answer. One redditor recently asked if he should buy the iPad Air 2 or Microsoft Surface 3, and he got some interesting answers in the iPad subreddit.I'll share my own thoughts below, but here's the original question along with some of the answers in the iPad subreddit.Zrakk asked his question:Why would you get an iPad Air 2 instead of a Surface 3?I'm thinking about buying one of these tablets but I don't know which one is closer to my requirements. I'm an 4th year electrical engineer student and need to read PDF, PPT and transfer files with my classmates (this isn't a must have though).For context, I already have a Macbook Pro, an iPhone 6 and a decent win-laptop for specific programs in my career.More at RedditHis fellow redditors responded with their thoughts:Willup: ”I think it comes down to preference. There are … [Read more...] about Should you buy the iPad Air 2 or Surface 3?
Microsoft Office has long been the gold standard for creating, editing, and formatting serious documents. Google Docs and other Web-based competitors, however, have outpaced Office by making it easy to share and co-edit documents in real time.[HEAD TO HEAD: Microsoft Web Apps vs. Google Docs]Enter theA new Office suites. Released earlier this year, they make up lost ground by letting you collaborate with other people through a mixture of desktop and browser applications. The features are a step in the right direction, but Microsoft's new take on collaboration ultimately fails to be as easy as it should be.Whether you're thinking about purchasing an Office 365 subscription or buying Office 2013 desktop software--or are already using either one--read on to learn about the agony and ecstasy of co-editing.I tested collaboration for Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint, both with colleagues on an Office 365 Small Business Premium account and with people outside our company who didn't even … [Read more...] about Collaboration in Microsoft Office: Painful but not impossible
Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service is likely on the verge of exiting beta and entering general availability. CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that the service will launch this month and will be giving a speech about the service's future on June 28.But is Office 365 really ready to ditch the "beta" tag? One analyst who has been testing Office 365 for a few months says no -- and a quick look at Microsoft help forums shows that numerous beta testers are experiencing problems. [ Discover what's new in business applications with InfoWorld's Technology: Applications newsletter. | Get the latest insight on the tech news that matters from InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. ]MICROSOFT'S CLOUD: Office 365 beta now public"I'm a big fan of Office 365. I think it's going to do well," says analyst Paul Burns of Neovise, who spent 20 years as a software engineer and senior product manager at HP, a strong Microsoft partner, before becoming an industry analyst. "But if they are moving out of beta at the end of … [Read more...] about Analyst: Microsoft Office 365 not ready to leave beta
Over the past few weeks I've regaled you with detailed reviews of the three major online office productivity suites: Microsoft Office Online with Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online; Apple's iWork for iCloud with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud; and Google Drive (aka Google Apps) with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Which suite is for you? There is no clear winner in this horse race, so your specific needs will dictate that choice.All of these browser-based products are free for personal use. Microsoft Office Online and Google Drive are also available in paid plans for businesses. Enigmatically, Apple calls iWork for iCloud a "beta," and hasn't yet committed on pricing for the final, shipping version. However, keep in mind that iWork for iOS and iWork for OS X are both free for those who bought Apple machines after September 2013. As of this moment, iWork for iCloud is free to everyone, thus giving Apple a nice boost in the "value" category. [ Read the individual … [Read more...] about Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive
Microsoft's Office suite is the de facto standard in productivity for departments in organizations worldwide. Office has found its way onto more computers than Microsoft could have ever predicted. Add to that tablets and smartphones, and licensing costs quickly get out of hand, especially when Google Apps offers much of the same functionality at a fraction of the cost. So what is Microsoft to do? Office 365 is the answer.Let's proceed with the deployment process, which is broken up into three phases to facilitate the procurement of the deployment tool, the configuration of the Office installation files, and the deployment.SEE: Microsoft Office 365: The smart person's guide Microsoft Office 365 admin portal setup* Microsoft Office 365 license(s) assigned to end users* Server share with read permissions to deployment root Administrative computer running Microsoft Windows 7 or later Office 2016 Deployment Tool or Office 2013 Deployment Tool* Note: While not required to create the … [Read more...] about How to drastically save time when deploying Microsoft Office 365
You spent hours preparing that Microsoft Word document, only to discover that either the recipient didn’t have the Word software on his computer, or some of the fancy fonts that you used in your Word file, were not installed on his computer. In the former case, the recipient won’t be able to open the Word document at all and in the latter case, though he can open the file, the layout that he will see will be very different from what you prepared.While one can work around these problems, like the client can download the free programme viewers from Microsoft’s website or install the missing fonts, these hacks will not work in every situation. What if you share a complex computer automated design, CAD, document or Visio Drawing for which no free viewers are available? Don’t expect anyone to spend hundreds of dollars to buy the complete software, just to view your document.Therefore, the most logical solution is to share documents in Adobe PDF, a universally … [Read more...] about Convert Microsoft Office Documents to PDF Files
Microsoft is expected to release a new version of Office, called Microsoft Office 2013 (or Office 15) early next year. The new Office, the release version of which is already available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, sports a minimalist interface and, among other features, is very tightly integrated with SkyDrive.If you aren’t an MSDN/Technet subscriber, you can still download and install Microsoft Office 2013 as long as your computer is running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Option A: You can go to office.com/preview and download the full-featured edition of Office 2013 that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Microsoft Access (no Visio here). You can install this version on up to 5 PCs using your Microsoft account.This is actually Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Preview and what’s unique here is that you can get Office running on your computer within minutes of hitting the install button. This uses Microsoft’s Click-To-Run … [Read more...] about Where to Download Microsoft Office 2013?