Apple has launched its new Business Email service to provide small to medium-sized businesses with a professional and secure email solution.
The service, which Apple’s iCloud platform will power, will allow businesses to create custom email addresses using their domain names, such as “firstname.lastname@example.org.” The service will also include features such as shared calendars and contacts and the ability to set up automatic out-of-office replies.
One of the service’s main selling points is its security features, including built-in encryption and two-factor authentication. The service will also comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and allow businesses to manage and export their data easily.
In addition to the email service, Apple is launching a suite of tools to help businesses manage and collaborate on their email, including a web interface and mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
The Business Email service will be available starting at $5 per user per month, with a 30-day free trial available for new customers.
This move is seen as an attempt by Apple to tap into the growing market for cloud-based productivity tools, which companies like Google and Microsoft currently dominate. In addition, by providing a secure and reliable email solution, Apple hopes to attract small to medium-sized businesses looking for a more professional and streamlined way to manage their communications.