Paying $40/month for Go To Meeting? Pay $4.50 with Microsoft technologies

I recently got a letter from Go To Meeting to subscribe to their web conferencing service for $40/user a month. What????? Microsoft offers the same technology (Office Live Meeting) for $4.50/user a month.

And if you are willing to pay $10/user a month, you can get Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), a suite of cloud based products including:

  • Exchange Online: Enterprise class email, shared calendars, contacts, antivirus/spam, offline sync, archiving.
  • SharePoint Online: Collaboration, Enterprise Search, Document Repository, Workflow Mgmt.
  • Live Meeting: Sharing desktops, Web Conferencing (1:1 and multi-party), and
  • Office Communications Online: Internal Instant Messenger and Presence Awareness
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Microsoft_BPOS

What is so cool about these software as a service products?

  • Much lower upfront costs vs traditional software licenses
  • 24 hours technical support via email and phone (they are amazing….)
  • Anywhere anytime access
  • No server (harware) investment and maintenance (electricity, storage)- A big one!
  • No downtime
  • Recognize investment as a expense rather than capex
  • You always have the latest software technologies (the latest versions of the products!, no more upgrades!)
  • If your laptop is stolen, plug in a new one and you are good to go!
  • User subscription model allows for more accurate forecasting of IT expenditures

We at OIS and many of our customers run their companies on Microsoft BPOS for $10/user a month. Want to learn more? Want to stop paying $40/month? Contact Us

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