Google has been signing up a lot of Google Apps for Government customers over the last year, including Colorado and the US Naval Academy, and today The Boston Globe reports that Boston is soon making the switch from Microsoft to a Google Apps environment for city employees.
As noted in the report, Boston was previously relying on Microsoft’s Exchange for much of its tasks and making the switch to Google will save the city around $280,000 a year:
It’s not just the gee whiz factor: It’s also a matter of money. It will cost Boston around $800,000 to move over to Gmail, Google Docs for word processing, and Google’s cloud service for storing documents. But by dropping some Microsoft products, the city government will save at least $280,000 a year.
Microsoft responded to the decision in a statement to the Boston Globe, claiming, “Google’s investments in these areas are inadequate, and they lack the proper protections most organizations require.”
“We believe the citizens of Boston deserve cloud productivity tools that protect their security and privacy,” a Microsoft spokesman said in an e-mail to the Globe. “Google’s investments in these areas are inadequate, and they lack the proper protections most organizations require.”
Google will charge Boston around $50 per employee per year, about half of the cost the city is currently paying to license Microsoft products.
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