Microsoft has issued its “top questions that enterprises should ask when considering the switch to GAPE” ( Google Apps Premier Edition ). For folks who work in the mobile enterprise space, this is a must-read, as the costs and mobility questions raised certainly cast a wide shadow for us all. That said, I wonder how Microsoft would answer these same questions in terms of Live Office?
Here is one of the points:
3. Google touts the low cost of their apps Ã¢â‚¬”not only price but the absence of need for hardware, storage or maintenance for Google Apps. BUT if GAPE is indeed a complement to MSFT Office, the costs actually become greater for a company as they now have two IT systems to run and manage and maintain. Doesn’t this result in increased complexity and increased costs?
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