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    Where to start. Yes, Exchange/Office365 (which are not the same product) are perhaps the most widely deployed corporate email services, but they are far from the most secure, and they aren't standards compliant. Look at transport to the MUA (user agent) first, Microsoft uses proprietary synchronization technology instead of the proven and robust IETF standards of IMAP. Look at mail, in particular. Microsoft is not compliant with a large number of IETF standards on the both the formatting and transport of mail between MTAs (mail-transfer agents). While Microsoft may have RFCs out for some of their proprietary protocols, RFCs are just that, request for comment, not a standard. Management of calendaring and address book is just as bad, again with proprietary protocols instead of the IETF standards.

    Security? Microsoft? Are you kidding? They routinely fail to patch their systems in a reasonable time after being notified (privately) about severe vulnerabilities. I'm not talking about the failure of end users to patch, but that the patches aren't even available. SMB and the entire Windows user/security model continues to be a huge hole in security, even when properly administered. Windows is such a hodge-podge of old code that nobody knows how it works any more. There is no such thing as an "independent security audit" for Windows.

    I can't fault large organizations for going with Microsoft. It's too easy.

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    I prefer FastMail (and using my own domain names), but it isn't free.

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    My primary personal email service is Gmail. I'd been using Gmail since the rollout of Google Mail service. At that time, its search and simplicity UI loudly switched me over, and ever since, it has been a habit of using Gmail service. The experience is still good though.

    However, only my mail lives on Google Ecosystem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucep View Post
    I prefer FastMail (and using my own domain names), but it isn't free.
    As someone in the security industry, this is what I use as well.

    Any important email is encrypted using GPG or S/MIME though. But Fastmail is highly configurable and well priced. And I haven't had to worry about ISP changes, and all that fun stuff for years by using a dedicated email service like Fastmail.

    Worth it in my opinion.

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    So if you tech and security folks use a service like Gmail and FastMail for email, what do you use for calendars, push, contact databases, cloud storage, etc.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan View Post
    So if you tech and security folks use a service like Gmail and FastMail for email, what do you use for calendars, push, contact databases, cloud storage, etc.?
    I like Gmail for all of the above. Also I've worked at a couple of places that used Google Apps for Business, and that worked well for those companies. I don't have a "contact database" beyond my email directory and my phone contacts, though.

    Edited to say: Looking back in the thread, I see I already mentioned Google Apps for Business. Sorry to repeat myself!
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    google!


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    Quote Originally Posted by GrussGott View Post
    google!

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