Microsoft, GE Ink 300,000-Seat Office 365 Contract
General Electric will rely on Microsoft's globe-spanning cloud to bring productivity and collaboration services to its massive workforce.Microsoft and General Electric today announced that they have signed an agreement that will bring Office 365's cloud-backed productivity apps and services to the latter's massive global workforce. Under the deal's terms, Microsoft will make Office 365 available to GE's 300,000 employees across 170 countries. The software's capabilities aside, the deal indicates that Microsoft's investments in growing its cloud footprint are paying off. GE's IT leaders picked "Office 365 based on Microsoft's ability to deliver rich productivity experiences at massive scale across devices and platforms, as well as its ability to rapidly and reliably deploy to GE's large global employee population," stated the companies in a July 20 announcement. Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, operates out of 17 regions spread across the world. The result of $15 billion in global data center infrastructure spending, Azure powers services such as Office 365 for 140 countries in 10 languages. "As we deepen our investments in employee productivity, Microsoft's innovative approach to collaboration made Office 365 our first choice for providing scalable productivity tools to our employees worldwide," said Jamie Miller, senior vice president and CIO of GE, in a statement.
GE CTO Larry Biagini said another factor in his company's decision to standardize on Office 365 was the new cloudlike upgrade cycle Microsoft has adopted for the productivity platform.