Text Box: What is MS Exchange?
Text Box: editing of Google Docs where you can see your co-workers’ edits happening in real time.
Google started talking about making critical apps available offline, especially for Chromebooks but very little progress has been made and the fact that offline access is an afterthought and not an intrinsic component of Google’s solution tells you where offline and local syncing rank on their priority list.
The Apple cloud
Apple’s approach is not to use the cloud as the computer-in-the-sky the runs all the cool

Google and Apple are taking fundamentally different approaches to cloud computing. Here’s a quick summary.

Apple’s cloud is a “store and forward” cloud as opposed to Google’s “everything will be kept in our servers” approach.





Let’s look closer. At the Google cloud:
Google’s entire strategy and approach to the cloud is based

Text Box: on the future, and not the Internet as it is today. Google is betting that the world will have low-cost, ubiquitous Internet access in the not-too-distant future, including fiber connections in offices and homes It is building its cloud for that world, and it’s hoping that by the time it has its application stack refined, that broadband will be everywhere. That’s absolutely necessary, since all of Google’s apps are connection-dependent and all of the data is stored on Google’s servers in the cloud. You’ve got to be online to take advantage of many of the best features, like simultaneous Text Box:  Issue 9, Vol 1

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Microsoft Exchange Server is the server side of a client–server, collaborative application  It is part of the Microsoft Servers line of products and is used by individuals and businesses who want to keep in sync with all their devices. Exchange's major features consist of electronic mail, calendaring, contacts and tasks; that work with Microsoft Outlook on PC and Mac, wireless synchronization of email, calendar, contacts with major mobile devices and browser-based access to information; and support for data storage.

Now, this is quite advanced stuff—this is how I've now got my email managed. An account on a Microsoft Exchange server can work out to be quite expensive —not least because it can be pretty complicated for a company to set up a shared Exchange server (in comparison to, say,

POP3 servers, where you can get accounts for nothing), but also because Exchange servers require on going maintenance.


Microsoft developed—and still develops—its Exchange server software for fairly large organizations. Rather than just handling email, it does everything that the desktop application Microsoft Outlook does. Indeed, Exchange server has been designed as a complement to Outlook—it deals with email, calendar, contacts, notes, and addresses, as well as providing other services to slot into the Outlook that you might already know. For example, colleagues within an organization can share details about their upcoming schedules over the server, so that if you are arranging a meeting, you can carefully fit it around all the other things


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