Google Apps for Business positions itself as a potential rival to a full Microsoft Exchange solution. An article over at PC World examines whether a business can replace MS Exchange with Google Apps and retain all the Microsoft Exchange features.
The author identifies several areas where Google Apps and Microsoft Exchange are comparable; however it does find specific areas where MS Exchange functions cannot be replicated:
"Google Calendar lacks many of the complex features for meeting setup, such as optional versus required meeting invites. One of the biggest Exchange features not supported by Google Apps is Public Folders."
The article ends with advice we heartily recommend. Using a hosted Microsoft Exchange solution, rather than having a dedicated Exchange server or trying to switch to Google Apps for Business. If you do decide that Google Apps is the way forward, we offer Google Apps for Business fully backed by our 24 x 7 UK-based technical support team.