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Microsoft now offers a hosted exchange service for businesses. For about $4 a mailbox that comes with 25 GB of data, I'd use the Microsoft service if I was sticking with Exchange. It is also available to be bundled with Office 365, the online version of the popular Office Suite.

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I'm a big fan of outsourcing IT services like email. We have been using a low cost email provider called 1and1.com for hosting our calendaring, contacts and email. They support Outlook Web Access (OWA) so you can use Outlook, offer web based email access, and are relatively inexpensive.

The problem is that 1and1 is a pretty poor service provider, so I'm looking for a new Exchange Hosting partner to handle our email.

The requirements are:

  • Offers integrated calendaring, email, and contacts (Exchange)
  • Offers a web based client
  • Offers OWA (Outlook Web Access)
  • Offers Blackberry Enterprise Solution to extend the benefits of Microsoft Exchange

I'm looking for recommendations on Exchange Hosting with BES. Please feel free to tell me which service providers you like and which ones to avoid.

I'm updating this to let you know we switched from Exchange to Gmail for our small business email. I don't think there is a better small business email service than Google's and it will work with your domain, they have calendaring and contacts, plus it will work well with your mobile device. Especially if you have an Android phone like the HTC Aria from At&t.

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Who should we use? And who should we avoid? 19 comments

MHL 9 years ago

I am in the same boat; 1and1 is terrible. Let me know who you find: I am looking for sharepoint, ftp, and exchange services. I am in the slow boat for sure.

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Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

We are using ASP-One and it has been pretty reliable. It's much better than 1and1.

Alex 9 years ago

Our office uses Intermedia. They're service is great and they offer SharePoint service as well.

Lance 9 years ago

We were having the same problems with another provider - mail street - so we switched to intermedia. they offer what you're looking for as far as blackberry. owa, etc.

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Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

We are going to make the jump to gmail for domains.

Kevinfreels 8 years ago

I work for a company called Norlight. We offer this service and at very good rates. $12.95 includes Outllok 2007, OWA, and 5GB of storage. (You can get a web only version with 1 GB for $6.95). Best of all, we have personal account reps because we're a local exchange carriers as well. So when you have problems or need help, you always talk to the same person - your personal account manager which in this case would be me. :-)

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Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

I've been very happy with gmail for domains. The calendar works well, the email is reliable, the spam filtering is very good as well and the free price is hard to beat.

Paul Muehr 8 years ago

As with other posters, I was equally dissatisfied with 1&1, but I found a better provider: 123Together.com. Strange name but great service. I find it much more reliable than 1&1 and faster and it has US based tech support, not that I've had to use it yet. With 1&1, I had multiple poor tech support experiences with the overseas tech support lines.

123Together also offers Sharepoint service, just like 1&1. I've been very pleased with the experience, now 6 months into using them.

Rafael 8 years ago

Has anyone heard of App River or Sherwood? App River is US based (Texas) and they claim to have a 98% rentention rate adn do split domains. Same thing applies for Sherwood but they are in Canada

Jay 7 years ago

We have been with Apps4Rent for about a year now. No downtimes and great service by them. I never had to contact support because of the document. Only once I did during a weekend and the support was quick and precise.

Also, I am not paying much...the lowest plan is $6.95 for 1 GB mailbox and I have around 35 mailboxes. Honestly I started with 1 mailbox and the slowly added more as I recruited more.

What I don't like about some providers is that they want you to buy for minimum number of users maybe 5 or 10 even if you don't use it. Those numbers are waste of money till you add more.

They have a 30 day risk free trial and I did not have to use it and ask for money back at all.

Flex IT Services and Support 6 years ago

There is another alternative. Google apps seem to be a prety good solution. You get a business account with Google and all you email, caledars, documents etc are hosted by them. Motorola is using them with 20000 users. I think it's a good option to consider.



Riedel 6 years ago

LightEdge offers OWA only for $2.95 and full Exchange 1 GB seats for $5.95. Everything is hosted in Iowa and on a redundant platform in a SAS-70 Type II audited data center.

managed exchange hosting 6 years ago

There are several elements that you’ll need to look through to make sure that you’re getting the best hosted exchange server, and one of the things that will separate a mediocre application from an excellent one is the kind of data center they have.

Eric 6 years ago

I looked at Microsoft's service but read horrible things. With USA.NET and have had no downtime.

Phil 6 years ago

Anyone else having information on USA.net? Or other recommendations on solid hosted exchange providers?

Jason H 6 years ago

Try Intermedia. They have hosted Exchange 2010, set you up and port over all your old data and email set up for free, and have California based support. Overall pretty good deal if you don't mind paying about 10 bucks per user per month.

Samuel 5 years ago

Try SherWeb. They have an awesome team, competitive prices, great features and more. I'm with SherWeb since 2008 and I only have great things to say about them.

magalis 4 years ago

I would vote for Sherweb Anytime .. i tried intermedia & appriver , they are good .. but not as exceptionnal as Sherweb.

Ted 4 years ago

Either Pay Per Cloud or Sherweb will do. Both are competent hosted exchange provider that you should seriously consider. I'm now using Pay Per Cloud and I'm very satisfied with its service.

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