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Arnold Schwarzenegger Chooses Google SaaS Over Microsoft Exchange

State of California May Go SaaS

California has formed a working group to figure out whether roughly 250,000 of its workers should move their e-mail, messaging and calendaring system to a hosted service and it's a toss up as to whether Google or Microsoft would get the multimillion-dollar contract, according to InformationWeek.

So far, the paper says, California has determined, pre-serious negotiations, that Microsoft would cost about it's already paying the company but with cheaper storage and archiving.

Google e-mail, messaging and calendars would run $4.17 per user a month, with no initial set-up fees.

A hosted Microsoft Exchange environment would cost $8.58 per user a month besides a $17.65-a-head set-up fee but Microsoft includes Blackberry support, managed collaboration services and IM services.

The next step would be to pilot some of the solutions.

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