Amazon launches WorkMail to compete with Microsoft and Google

Immediately following my weekly update (see Google’s new Inbox goes beyond folders), which was focused on Google’s new Inbox, a replacement UI for Gmail, I learned that Amazon had just announced Amazon WorkMail, a ‘secure managed business email and calendaring service with support for existing desktop and mobile email clients’, notably Outlook. There is a browser UI as well, but the product is oriented toward native apps created for iOS, Windows, and Android.

The primary rationale for WorkMail is end-to-end encryption and geographic localization at low-cost. As the announcement says,

Amazon WorkMail automatically encrypts all of your data at rest with encryption keys you control, using AWS Key Management Service. Amazon WorkMail also allows you to retain full control over data locality by choosing the AWS region where all of your data is stored.

Here’s the web client:

WorkMail - Web App - Email

The service costs $4/user/month, with 50GB of storage/user, which seems a bit low on storage.

This is meant to be a direct competitor to Microsoft Exchange Online and Google for Work offerings, and it integrated with Google Drive as a file sync-and-share companion.