THE CITY OF BOSTON has switched its 20,000 employees from Microsoft Exchange to Gmail in a move that will save $280,000 a year.
The Boston Globe reported on Friday that as well as ditching Microsoft Exchange in favour Gmail, Boston will also replace Microsoft Office with Google Apps and Google's Drive cloud storage service, and will pay Google around $800,000 for the switch.
However, the city reportedly will save around $280,000 annually by ditching Microsoft's email and productivity software.
Microsoft understandably isn't pleased about the switch. A spokesperson said, "We believe the citizens of Boston deserve cloud productivity tools that protect their security and privacy. Google's investments in these areas are inadequate, and they lack the proper protections most organizations require."
Microsoft promptly followed the news with a blog post and video below, titled "Google Docs isn't worth the risk." In the blog post, Microsoft continued to moan about Google's cloud based alternative to Microsoft Office, in particular its apparent inability to edit documents as well as Microsoft Office on mobile devices.
Google is playing the maturity card here, and has yet to respond to Microsoft's whingeing.
However, city of Boston officials have told the newspaper that they have fully tested Google's services and are satified with the level of security that comes with Google Apps, as well as the amount of document storage. Boston also said that Google's contract terms are much simpler than Microsoft's, and it praised the fact that the firm's software updates are done over the web.
This is great news for Google, although it isn't the first time an organisation has switched from Microsoft to Google's cloud services.
Google said that around five million businesses worldwide now use Google Apps, and the Boston Globe reported that number includes the US Department of the Interior, the state of Colorado and Princeton University, with the New York Times set to make the switch soon. µ
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