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Microsoft: We’re more enterprise-ready than Google Apps

Microsoft is bolstering its cloud presence with its Office 365 cloud application suite and believes it has more to offer enterprises than Google has with its own online applications, a Microsoft executive said on Thursday.

Office 365 was announced last month, featuring such applications as Exchange messaging and SharePoint collaboration. While denying that Office 365 is intended to battle Google’s online applications, Microsoft’s Eron Kelly, senior director for Business Online Services Marketing, said in an interview that Microsoft has had business class users come to Microsoft after trying out Google Apps.

The online search giant’s applications lack vital capabilities, such as delegate access, which enables a user to let someone else manage their calendar, Kelly said. Directory integration also is lacking. “Things like delegate access, those are things you just must have for these organizations,” Kelly said…

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