Last updated on April 1st, 2020 by Vinita Menon

It’s been over two decades since Outlook was launched, and the email service still enjoys enviable loyalty amongst its long-time users. For most people, it is synonymous with business email; so much so that many have come to expect a laptop loaded with Outlook when they start a new job. 

Outlook is accessible through two avenues. The first is Outlook.com, Microsoft’s free personal email service. With Outlook.com you get access to webmail, contacts, tasks, and Outlook calendar. The second is through purchasing an Office 365 license, Microsoft’s bundle of productivity apps and services. If you want to use Outlook for business –– i.e. with your business’s domain –– you have to get Office 365. This is where things start to get confusing, and expensive. 

The cheapest Office 365 plan you can buy will set you back $60 a year for a single user. If you’re just looking to use your business domain and the Outlook desktop client, that means you’ll be paying for apps and tools that you don’t want. And the price tag will only go up as you add people to your team. When you are a small business owner working with a tight budget, spending $60 a year just for business email can seem like an unnecessary luxury. On the other hand, using the free Outlook.com email for business communications with your customers and partners can seriously jeopardize your credibility

It was found that 58% of customers said they would not be comfortable sharing credit card information with a business that was not using a real business email address. So what’s a small business owner to do?

Small business owners who are looking for an email experience comparable to Outlook, that also allows them to use their own domain, should try Titan. Titan is available as a standalone email service at a fraction of the price of Office 365 and was built specifically to address the communication and productivity needs of small businesses. Not only is it economical, it is also packed with the features you really need, with the option to add more as your business grows.

Let’s have a look at how Titan stacks up against Microsoft’s lowest-tier offering in the business email arena.

Titan vs. Outlook

TitanOutlook
Price$1.49/monthFree
Custom domainYes – you@yourcompany.comNo – you@outlook.com
Storage10 GB with the option to upgrade to 30 GB15GB 
AccessWebmail, Android and iOS phone appsWebmail, Android and iOS phone apps
AttachmentsUp to 25 MB Up to 20 MB 
CalendarsShared calendars, one-click video calls, customizable meeting invites, ability to add multiple calendars, support for multiple time zonesManage appointments in the inbuilt calendar, create and view multiple personal and professional calendars in one view
Advanced featuresRead Receipts, unsend emails, integrated video calling, multiple account access, including your personal mailbox, 24/7 personalized supportDoes not scan your emails to serve you ads, voice-controlled navigation, support for multiple assistive devices
SecurityHardened OS images and OS monitoring, SSL/TLS enabled on all services, password encryption, emails storage on encrypted on disk (AWS S3)Password-protect your Outlook data files on a shared computer
Inbox LayoutView your inbox in a three-column layout with a reading pane, or a two-column layoutThree-column layout with a reading pane

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Titan vs. Outlook Business Email (via Office 365 Business Essentials)

TitanOutlook Business Email
Price$1.49/month$5/month
Custom domainYes – you@yourcompany.comYes – you@yourcompany.com
Storage10 GB with the option to upgrade to 30 GB1TB of OneDrive storage
AccessWebmail, Android, and iOS phone appsWebmail, Android and iOS phone apps. 
CalendarsShared calendars, one-click video calls, customizable meeting invites, ability to add multiple calendars, support for multiple time zonesEverything you get with the Outlook.com calendar, availability settings
Advanced featuresRead Receipts, unsend emails, integrated video calling, multiple account access, including your personal mailbox, 24/7 personalized supportOnline meetings with up to 250 people, web and mobile versions of Office apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and a web version of Outlook
SecurityHardened OS images and OS monitoring, SSL/TLS enabled on all services, password encryption, emails storage on encrypted on disk (AWS S3)Everything that you get with Outlook.com, password policies enforcing mandatory password reset for users
Inbox LayoutView your inbox in a three-column layout with a reading pane, or a two-column layoutThree-column layout with a reading pane

An email solution for small businesses

Between the pitfalls of settling for free email with Outlook and paying a heavy price, literally, for Office 365, small business owners are left with no real options to choose from when they want to buy business email. Think it’s unfair that you can’t just buy a business email address from Outlook without having to pay for ‘premium’ Office 365 features? We do too. Try Titan –– it is more affordable than the lowest-tier Office 365 plan and comes with added features you will definitely find useful. Start your 30-day free trial right now!

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Originally published 13th March 2020 06:29:53am, last updated on April 1st, 2020

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