The hosted-Gmail beta, which is going head-to-head with a its test version., is offering 2GB of storage, e-mail search tools and a control panel to manage user accounts, aliases and mailing lists, as part of
The beta is open to businesses, organizations and schools, according to Google's blog site. The search giant points to San Jose City College as one school that is testing hosted Gmail, offering its students e-mail accounts with the domain of jaguars.sjcc.edu.
Google's beta follows on the heels of a similar one Microsoft launched in November. Thefeatures hosted e-mail and instant messaging.
The Live Custom Domains service, however, was aimed at consumers who wanted up to 20 e-mail accounts, with 250MB per address for an existing domain. Microsoft's hosted beta also included security features such as virus scanning and spam filtering.
The battleground for hosted e-mail accounts appears to be taking shape among the industry titans, but it has yet to be seen whether it will quickly accelerate, as did the offerings forby Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.