“Google Apps” has been seeing a lot of valuable customers since last year. After Colorado and the US Naval Academy, the latest in line to get Google Apps is Boston. The local newspaper Boston Globe reported that Boston will soon switch to Google Apps for its city employees.
According to the report, Boston is currently using Microsoft’s Exchange service. But the city can save around $280,000 a year just by ditching Microsoft and going to Google Apps. Undoubtedly, that’s why the city has just chosen to do so.
It’s not all that cheap to switch to Google Apps, though. The newspaper reports that it will cost Boston some $800,000 just to move all emails to Gmail, all documents to Google Docs and other files to Google’s cloud storage. However, by going Google, the city on a yearly basis will save around $280,000.
However, the decision isn’t very heart-warming for Microsoft. In an email, a Microsoft spokesperson wrote that the company believes the citizens of Boston deserves cloud productivity tools that ‘protect their security and privacy.’ The statement further added, “Google’s investments in these areas are inadequate, and they lack the proper protections most organizations require.”
Clearly, though, this statement is not going to make Boston change its decision. Despite Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to ‘make people ditch Google,’ Microsoft just lost one big customer.
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