IBM has launched a bare bones web-based email system for businesses, calculated to undercut Google’s own popular offering.
Big Blue’s new LotusLive iNotes service starts at $36 annually per worker, compared to the $50 annually per worker that Google charges for its more comprehensive package.
It costs $3/mo and there is a trial: https://www.lotuslive.com/en/pricing/inotes.
For that slightly higher price, Google is offering 25 times more storage: 25 gigabytes per account compared to IBM’s 1 gigabyte per mailbox. Google also throws in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, as well as a video channel. None of those features are included in IBM’s package.
The IBM’s solution though will probably support BlackBerry push integration for email, calendar and everything else that LotusNotes offers which is a big advantage for corporate customers.
I will definitely run the trial, will post feedback here.
PS: Translation feature would be nice to have. 😉 My be Interlecta could offer that to IBM. 😛