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Amazon WorkMail launched, competes with Office 365, Google Apps

Recently Amazon Workmail has been launched. It is meant to offer managed business email and calendaring services. It includes support for existing desktop and mobile email clients.

Amazon WorkMail can be integrated into existing office email solutions without software installations. The product page notes that security-related things like encryption keys and storage location will stay in control of the client company.

A screenshot of the Amazon WorkMail webmail client (click for larger version):

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The new service is available as a preview. A 30-day trial is available for up to 25 users. Going far beyond the e-commerce market it is known for, Amazon is getting more serious about its business offerings. Over the years it has been strengthening its Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform, which is the platform behind the new service.

Amazon WorkMail competitors

Competitors for Amazon WorkMail include Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps. Both are cloud-based email services meant for corporate users. Since 2013, Office 365 has seen an uptake in small to medium-sized businesses for cloud-based office software. In contrast, Google Apps has been on the decline in terms of attention and search volume.

Benefits of Amazon WorkMail include the following:

  • Managed service
  • Enterprise-grade security
  • Outlook compatible
  • Anywhere access
  • Active Directory integration
  • Low cost

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Pricing is set at $4 per user per month, which includes 50GB of storage per user. No upfront fees or minimum commitment are required.

Features description:

  • Outlook compatible (Windows and Mac OS X)
  • AWS Key management service for automatic data encryption
  • AD connector for AWS Directory Service
  • Feature-rich web client
  • Mobile device management
  • Spam and virus protection
  • 50GB mailbox size by default
  • Migration tool for Outlook

For more information, visit the product page at Amazon here.

To sign up for the preview of WorkMail, visit this page.

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