For those who are not thrilled by the corporate email and digital calendar offerings from Microsoft and Google, Amazon is getting into the game with its own service, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Amazon’s cloud-based service is called WorkMail and is powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The services will be similar to those offered by Google and Microsoft, and will include word processing and spreadsheets. AWS already has prominent clients, including Netflix, NASA, the CIA and Pinterest. Amazon’s technology will manage the data to enable research into buying habits and how customer behavior. AWS also makes working offsite easier and improves efficiency in communication through various devices.
Amazon’s WorkMail can be used to run on the back-end of Microsoft Outlook, and has encryption technology for heightened security. The price is similar to that offered by Microsoft Office, at around $4 per user per month for a 50 GB mailbox. WorkMail offers coordination of calendar events, address books and shared spaces. WorkMail is a part of Amazon’s Web Services Suite, which already includes WorkSpaces and Zocalo, which provide virtual desktop and a cloud storage service.