Microsoft and hosting service provider GoDaddy today reaffirmed their partnership on providing hosted e-mail services to small businesses. The two companies have been collaborating for years on providing e-mail services based on Exchange Server. This time, GoDaddy is rolling out Office 365-branded hosted e-mail services, starting out initially in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Office 365 is Microsoft's cloud-based service, offering access to Exchange, SharePoint and Lync applications over the Internet. There are three GoDaddy Office 365 service plans, ranging in price from $3.99 to $12.49 per user per month, based on a one-year commitment. Those plans are listed at this page, which is difficult to find from GoDaddy's home page. In addition, GoDaddy offers other e-mail plans, which perhaps are designed for larger companies. For instance, it offers three "Express Email Marketing" plans, three "Business Class Email" plans, and two "Hosted Exchange 2010" plans.
GoDaddy's collaboration with Microsoft has made it easier for organizations to associate their Internet domain names with e-mail. The idea is to add a "more professional" flair to e-mail addresses. GoDaddy actually warns small businesses not to use Microsoft Hotmail (Outlook.com) or Google Gmail for business purposes because it's deemed to be unprofessional looking.