How to avoid spending thousands on a mail server

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How to avoid spending thousands on a mail server

Small businesses can have mail, calendar and contacts shared across phones and notebooks for less than $10 a month. Well, that's the sales pitch.

It's called software as a service, and in theory it could save small businesses thousands of dollars on licensing costs on setting up their own Microsoft Exchange email and communications server.

Hosted alternatives to Microsoft Exchange aren't new, but the latest to offer them is Roxy Mail, which is touting an email, calendar and contacts platform for as little as $8.50 per user.

Like Exchange, Roxy Mail lets you access and sync your mail, contacts and calendar via the Web on mobile phones, notebooks or desktop PCs. The systems is ActiveSync compatible, and will apparently deliver push email and calendar syncing for Blackberries, as well as working with Nokia, Apple, Palm and Windows Mobile phones.

Interestingly, Roxy Mail says the service is suitable for individual use, making it an intriguing option if you need Exchange, but don't have a corporate network or server of your own.

If you're ready to step up from Gmail then Roxy Mail could be worth a look.



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