Amazon launches enterprise email to rival Microsoft
WorkMail said to be first step toward broader suite of Amazon tools
Amazon.com Inc has announced an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc.
The service, which is called WorkMail, will launch in the second quarter and has been developed by the company's cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Jeff Barr, chief evangelist at Amazon Web Services wrote in a blog post: "Today I would like to introduce Amazon WorkMail. This managed email and calendaring solution runs in the Cloud. It offers a unique set of security controls and works with your existing desktop and mobile clients (there's also a browser-based interface). If your organisation already has a directory of its own, WorkMail can make use of it via the recently introduced AWS Directory Service. If not, WorkMail will use Directory Service to create a directory for you as part of the setup process."
According to Reuters citing analysts, launching Workmail is said to be the first step toward a broader suite of Amazon tools to gain corporate clients. For example, Google's Gmail offers many other services beyond email and calendars including file-sharing and video conferencing.
WorkMail has been designed to work with users' existing PC and Mac-based Outlook clients including the prepackaged Click-to-Run versions. It also works with mobile clients that speak the Exchange ActiveSync protocol.
The browser-based interface works with a wide variety of browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and newer (IE 9 and higher) versions of Internet Explorer. The interface gives access to email, calendars, contacts, and tasks and users can access shared calendars and public folders, book resources, and manage your OOF.
"WorkMail was designed to work in today's data-rich, email-intensive environments. Each inbox has room for up to 50 gigabytes of messages and attachments. Messages can range in size all the way up to 30 megabytes." Barr added.
"As part of this launch we are renaming Amazon Zocalo to Amazon WorkDocs! WorkMail can be used in conjunction with WorkDocs for simple, controlled distribution of documents that contain sensitive information."