GOOGLE GMAIL FOR BUSINESS
We set up an e-mail server in record time, and the interface ran superfast. Gmail for business is designed primarily for the Web, but it has a Microsoft Outlook plug-in.
Cost: £40 per year per user for a 25GB inbox
MICROSOFT EXCHANGE ONLINE
A good choice for companies nervous about migrating to the cloud, Exchange Online is the Web version of the ubiquitous on-premise e-mail client. Features include the ability to log on to your account and wipe your mobile phone of sensitive data if it’s lost or stolen. Some drawbacks: The program works best on Internet Explorer, and the setup is a bit tricky.
Cost: £3.36 per person per month for a 25GB inbox
CISCO WEBEX MAIL
Cisco WebEx Mail, which launched in November and is integrated with the popular WebEx Web conferencing portal and doesn’t require plug-ins to work with Outlook. But it does not currently let you run any widgets or add-ons, and the ease of setup seemed about on a par with Exchange during a demo with Cisco.
Cost: £30 per month per user for a 5GB inbox