Facebook has signed a deal to roll out Office 365 to as many as 13,000 employees in a high-profile customer win for Microsoft.
Facebook CIO Tim Campos explained the decision in an article on Microsoft’s website, citing a focus at Facebook to allow staff to “work anywhere and in any way they want”, which Office 365 can deliver.
“Our IT has to be flexible and available over the web, on mobile and across platforms, wherever our employees need it," he said.
"Enabling this mobility requires a secure environment that defends against cyber attacks and protects mobile devices, especially if a device gets stolen or hacked.
“This is why we’ve implemented Office 365. Not only is it a mature and comprehensive platform, it meets our stringent security standards, it's flexible, it complements how we work with intelligence, and it is continually evolving.
"It is globally deployed, accessible on every mobile platform we support, and it is secure."
The endorsement didn’t stop there, as Campos went on to praise Microsoft's stalwart Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs.
“Office 365 also brings capabilities beyond Word, Excel and PowerPoint that are hard to replicate,” he said.
He also named some of the new tools Microsoft has built as being useful to the organisation.
“Delve, using the Microsoft Graph, brings a new level of intelligence to collaboration by offering additional insights on how our employees work with each other. It tells individuals who they collaborate with the most, and how much time is being spent where,” he said.
“These personal analytics, and other features like Focused Inbox, help create greater effectiveness at work.
"We’re also very excited about how we can leverage the Microsoft Graph in our own internal Facebook tools and services. This will help our employees sift through the noise by surfacing the information that is most relevant for them.”
It isn’t clear how many of Facebook’s 13,000 staff will use the platform or how quickly it will be rolled out, or which software it will replace.
Nevertheless, the deal is a big win for Microsoft as Facebook is a major marquee customer and shows that its focus on a mobile and cloud first strategy is paying off.
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