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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Google and Yahoo Take on Outlook

Business software units of Yahoo and Google are introducing beefed up versions of their Web based software that compete with Microsoft Outlook, offering yet another clue why Microsoft Corp made a $45 billion unsolicited bid for Yahoo.

Yahoo's new Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0 allows users to read Microsoft Outlook email alongside Yahoo Mail or Google's Gmail or Zimbra's own branded email.

Google paid $625 million to acquire email security firm Postini to beef up Google Apps to make it more useful inside businesses.

Zimbra software is targeted at universities and small businesses and Internet service providers such as Comcast Corp and Indiatimes, which in turn can offer such e-mail services to millions of consumers.

Postini's services are hosted in Google's data centers, allowing Postini to offer its security services at dramatically lower cost than many existing e-mail security products.

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