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Amazon Launches An Enterprise Email and Calendar Service

Amazon Launches An Enterprise Email and Calendar Service

Amazon has launched an enterprise email and calendar service, according to a report by Wall Street Journal. The service will compete with offerings of Google and Microsoft.

The service, reportedly called WorkMail, will focus on security and ease of use. Most of the organization view enterprise email applications as expensive and less user-friendly.

“Customers are not happy with their current email solution,” Adam Selipsky, an Amazon Web Services official, told the Journal. “A lot of customers feel those solutions are expensive and complex.”

Details of WorkMail yet to be officially available. However, the service will work with existing email client application like Microsoft Outlook, and provide the back end email and calendaring functionality.

It will compete primarily against Microsoft’s Exchange Online, which is part of the Office 365 cloud suite for businesses, and against Google Apps for Work’s Gmail component, ComputerWorld reported.

“Customers have repeatedly asked us for a business email and calendaring service that is more cost-effective and simpler to manage than their on-premises solution, more secure than the cloud-based offerings available today, and that is backed by the same best-in-class infrastructure platform on which they’re reliably running so many of their current, and future, workloads,” Peter De Santis, vice president, AWS Compute Services, said in a statement. “We built Amazon WorkMail to address these requests and to help businesses achieve agility and cost savings by letting AWS manage the non-differentiated heavy lifting involved in corporate email and calendaring.”

WorkMail by Amazon will cost US$4 per inbox.

Amazon Giving Away Apps Instead of Candy for Halloween

Amazon Giving Away Apps Instead of Candy for Halloween

Happy almost Halloween, Android users. Amazon is getting into the spooky spirit by giving away some sweet treats—for your phone or tablet.

Instead of candy, Amazon is giving away 39 Halloween-friendly apps for free. The promotion lasts until Nov. 1, and includes a number of games, including: Alpha Wave ($1.25), Blocky Roads ($1.99), Braveland ($2.99), Devil’s Attorney (normally $1.99), Eufloria HD ($4.99), Eve of the Genesis ($7.99), Hidden Object—Haunted House 2 ($1.99), Knock Knock ($4.99), Sonic Hedgehog 4 Episode I ($2.99), V for Vampire ($1.99), Unstoppable ($1.99), and World of Goo (normally $4.99).

You can also get some $0.99 games for free, like: Can You Escape—Adventure, Fruit Ninja Ghostbusters, Gods VS Humans—Protect your Kingdom, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, and Plants vs. Zombies.

Besides games, the promotion includes some other utility productivity, photography, and reading apps that could come in handy this Halloween, like the carb counter CarbsControl ($2.99), BeFunky Photo Editor Pro ($1.99), and the Amelia and Terror of the Night children’s story book (1.58). Other highlights include Human Anatomy Atlas and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5, both of which normally sell for $29.99, and the personal media organizer Plex, which is typically priced at $4.99.

Altogether, the apps would set you back $115.

To check out the full list, head over to Amazon’s website.