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Microsoft is cutting the cost of its hosted cloud business productivity bundle. This includes Exchange Online, which falls from $10 per user, per month, to $5. The business productivity bundle of Sharepoint Online and Office Communications Online falls from $15 to $10. In public the company is insisting this has nothing to do …

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Anonymous Coward

Ah, there's the rub

So each trial account is minimum five seats, so if you didn't use it beyond trying it for a day you still count as five paying customers. Well, there's a neat trick. Wonder if they counted every msdn seat as five online seats, too.

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Anonymous Coward

yeah right...

I doubt Redmonds claims for paying users. I Say: "I have a really hard time understanding their [Microsoft's] numbers. You simply don't know what their paying user numbers are. Common Sense predicts that they are getting paid by MIcrosot are pretty realistic. It's hard for us to really know."

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FAIL

For small customers maybe

Especially those with regaulatory compliance issues.

A basic Exchange server for 50 -100 people is quite a chink of change. Still, $500-900 per month, (archive compliance is another $4 per user) over the 3 year term of an exchange server? i don;t know if it really works out...

A shop with 50 people should have an IT guy on staff full time, or near it, or at least an outsourced contractor, so his/her salary doesn't factor in here. Server + licenses + Security + backup, for 100 people, without redundancy, is an easy $15K over 3 years. (initial price plus maintenance and upgrades), and that's likely conservative. Still, the comparrison is vs a 36,000 cost if you include archive support.

For our shop it would be worse, 15K users of which 12,000 require archive compliance going back not less than 7 years. The monthly costs is $100K, and we didn't spend 1.5 mil on the entire solution, across 2 sites (actually 16, but only 2 have servers), will full CCR redundancy across 4 clusters, Tier 1 SAN behind it which we argued was overkill, and point to point replication system to a hot-site with cloud based MX records for hot failover (a geocluster), and even including backups...

OK, maybe this is really for 10-30 users, not 50-100... certainly not enterprise class unless microsoft has some STEEP under the table negotiating...

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