For the last several years I've been using Microsoft Exchange for my email services, and before that Sendmail. I've found things that I like as well as dislike about all of these various systems. If you are a user of my site then you've probably noticed by now that about six weeks ago that joshnicholes.com has switched to google apps for all of our email services. So here is what I found out after the test drive.
First the added features that this service provides are by themselves worth making the switch. While all of my previous systems offered calendar services google apps offers google docs and google sites on top of their great calendar. The ability to create store and share documents, and to post web content are far beyond what we've offered to our users in the past. Additionally google offers apps users 100 mail accounts at about 7 GB each, which is far above the amount of web storage we had offered to our users in the past. Which was about 2.5 GB by the way. Lastly their spam filter and search capabilities are excellent bonuses.
There are a few things that I don't like however. First I really wish that google offered the ability to save multiple signatures. Additionally I wish that google offered the administrator more configurability in terms of the frequency that the spam and trash folders were emptied. By comparison these short-comings are very minor. I recommend that any small-business or home user consider google apps. All in all I am very pleased with the service.