Updated Microsoft Hosting Solutions Give Service Providers the Tools to Attract Small and Midsize Businesses

Posted by bink on March 22 2007, 4:11 AM. Posted in Hosting.

New versions of Hosted Messaging and Collaboration and Windows-based Hosting solutions help hosting providers maximize the benefits of Web 2.0.

Yesterday at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced updates to two solutions for hosting service providers: Microsoft® Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) Version 4.0 and Microsoft Solution for Windows®-based Hosting Version 4.5. The solutions take advantage of new features in the recently launched Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint® Services 3.0, two key Microsoft products that improve communications and information sharing and increase worker productivity. With these updates, service providers will have an expanded set of tools along with guidance to help them deliver a complete suite of hosted services to small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

“Hosting providers are at a critical crossroads as the demand for hosted services continues to increase exponentially, particularly from SMBs,” said John Zanni, director of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft. “Successful hosters need to go beyond traditional hosting and cost-effectively develop and offer value-added services that will help deepen customer relationships and differentiate themselves from the myriad commodity options that currently exist. Microsoft provides the platform, solutions and guidance to help service providers achieve this.”

Key Benefits of HMC Version 4.0

The new version of Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration utilizes Exchange Server 2007, the industry’s leading platform for e-mail, calendaring and unified messaging. Exchange Server 2007 helps protect the organization with built-in technologies that provide high availability, reduce spam and viruses, enable confidential communications, and aid compliance of regulatory or corporate policies. Employees benefit from anywhere access* to their e-mail, voice mail, calendars and contacts from a variety of clients and devices. Exchange Server 2007 enables new levels of operational efficiency by optimizing hardware, networking resources and features that help make administrators more productive.

In addition to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Hosted Messaging and Collaboration also incorporates Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Windows Mobile® 6 to provide a complete messaging and collaboration service delivering the best possible user experience.

“We rely on Microsoft to help us deliver premier on-demand e-mail and collaboration solutions to our SMB customers,” said Amir Hudda, chief executive officer of Apptix. “Due to recent acquisitions, we currently operate on multiple platforms comprising different architectures and provisioning systems. With HMC Version 4.0, we will be able to consolidate these systems onto a single platform and turn our focus to new revenue opportunities that will allow us to offer more applications, deliver best-in-class services and support, and attract more customers. We believe that the Hosted Messaging and Collaboration solution has matured to a point where we can now gain significant benefits.” Continue At Source