Cemaphore Systems on Wednesday released a beta version of its product that allows people to synchronize their e-mail, calendar and address books between Microsoft's Outlook and Google's Gmail.
It effect, according to News.com, that means people can dump Exchange and instead use Google's cloud-computing infrastructure. The product, called Mailshadow for Google Apps, or MailShadow G, is free for now, but eventually will be offered as a subscription service.
The product is designed to provide a secure backup for Outlook and Exchange, Microsoft's mail server, but it would allow companies to keep the Outlook interface that people are familiar with and ditch Exchange, reports The New York Times.
It also predicts it will encourage people toforward their work e-mail to Gmail, a practice IT departments frown upon, but that many people already do.