Microsoft PH intros Office 365 cloud service for educ, biz

By Tom Noda

The local office of struggling software titan Microsoft unveiled in the country recently the latest iteration of its cloud computing solution Office 365, this time targeted at the business and education sectors.

Karrie Ilagan, managing director of Microsoft Philippines, leads the launch of the new Office 365 for biz and educ sectors

Karrie Ilagan, managing director of Microsoft Philippines, said the new Office 365 is a follow-up to Microsoft’s launch of the cloud service solution last February developed for the consumer and enterprise space.

The Office 365 is offered to educational institutions at no cost.

Ilagan said the cloud service will enable organizations to take full advantage of multiple options when deciding where to deploy their productivity technologies.

She said Microsoft will provide cloud services on the customers’ terms whether accessing services from within their own data center or off-premise through hosting partners or Microsoft Office 365.

Ilagan said SMBs and educational institutions will now have the flexibility of running their applications on the cloud without the need for physical servers which can enable greater productivity wherever, whenever and whichever device they use.

The cloud-based Office suite includes the familiar Microsoft Office desktop applications, as well as Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync to provide the academe the tools they need to create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities across multiple devices.

Some of the local colleges that are now on Office 365 are Enderun College, Assumption College, Miriam, and Treston.

Some of the companies that have moved to the cloud via Office 365 are Coca-Cola Philippines and Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes.

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