Microsoft Office 365 has just expanded its reach to include the US government. In a post on the official Microsoft Office blog, the company announced the immediate launch of Office 365 for Government.
Microsoft states, "Office 365 for Government is a new multi-tenant service that stores US government data in a segregated community cloud. Like other Office 365 offerings, it includes productivity and collaboration services including Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Professional Plus."
The blog post also talks about how Microsoft is aware that government employees and agencies are concerned about both security and privacy when using online services. Microsoft says that Office 365 already supports and follows a number of privacy standards. Microsoft will add more privacy support in the near future, saying, " ... we also plan to support IPv6 in Office 365 for Government by September of this year, and we're taking steps to soon support Criminal Justice Information Security (CJIS) policies."
In March, Microsoft announced a price cut on Office 365 services by up to 20 percent. A version of Office 365 will be made available for free to faculty and staff of educational institutions along with students sometime later this summer.