As if it didn’t have enough going on already, Amazon has decided to plunge into the corporate-email game.
Amazon’s cloud-based WorkMail boasts all the features that corporate email users expect, including public folders, distribution lists, calendar sharing, Out-of-Office messages, and more; it works with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and other popular browsers. Inboxes can store up to 50GB of messages and attachments, while individual messages can total up to 30MB. The platform costs $4 per month per seat, or $6 if the client opts to include WorkDocs (formerly Amazon Zocalo) as part of the package.
In a Jan. 28 posting on its corporate blog, Amazon emphasized WorkMail’s security controls, including stored data encryption, message scanning, support for mobile device policies, S/MIME, and location control (in which mail and data can only reside within a particular Amazon Web Services region).
It seems natural for Amazon to jump into corporate email, given its longtime focus on providing cloud-computing resources to corporations and governments. But in doing so, it faces some well-entrenched opponents in the space, including Google and Microsoft, both of which offer robust email applications for companies and individuals. Is WorkMail’s security and cloud support enough of a differentiator to pull in customers who might otherwise stick with those tried-and-true rivals?
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