Microsoft strikes back at Google on e-mail back-up plan
It took a week, but Microsoft execs have come out swinging against Google’s plan for providing e-mail back-up for Exchange.
Google announced its $25 per user/per year Google Message Continuity service
on December 9. When I asked Microsoft execs for their initial take on Google’s plan to back-up Exchange with Gmail, I got a fairly bland statement from a spokesperson. (”With their announcement, Google joins an existing list of email continuity providers for Exchange.”)
On December 16, however, Microsoft went on the offensive against Google with a couple of strongly-worded blog posts. One claimed that Google Message Continuity is cumbersome and costly
. In the event there’s an Exchange outage, “Exchange will automatically failover if the customer has HA (high availability) setup for Exchange, which most customers do,” said Tom Rizzo, a Senior Director for Microsoft Online services.