Microsoft Office 365 to be used deep in the heart of Texas

In January, Microsoft announced that the city of Chicago had signed up to use Office 365 for 30,000 of its government employees. Today, Microsoft announced an even bigger government commitment to its cloud-based software service, and it happens to be deep in the heart of Texas.

The company announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Texas state government that will allow Office 365 to be deployed and used by over 100,000 of its employees. Microsoft says this agreement is " ... the largest statewide deployment of email and collaboration services in the U.S." In fact, several Texas government divisions are already using Office 365 and more will be added soon.

In its press release, Microsoft stated:

The state will consolidate multiple systems in an effort to streamline and improve the state’s communication and collaboration capabilities across agencies and to help better serve the needs of its citizens. The move to the cloud offers significant savings in IT spending due to greater efficiencies and increased capacity, while providing employees with web conferencing, real-time collaboration and document and calendar sharing.

Office 365 is already being used by the governments of the states of California and Minnesota, along with the city of San Francisco.

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Drewidian said,
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It could be true, but in reality both sides are picking up new contracts here and there from uses that don't want to use just desktop MS Office any more.

thealexweb said,

It could be true, but in reality both sides are picking up new contracts here and there from uses that don't want to use just desktop MS Office any more.

I don't think Internet is that reliable yet to let people go all online. and even if it does there are always some network downtime and issues. I like Microsoft approach which uses hybrid model in 365 that allows both using online and offline editing. Besides, online Web Apps are never as feature rich and performance even comparable to a desktop MS Office. On the other hand Desktop version of MS Office and Web App Version has a deep compatibility together and with MS Exchange for Outlook, Not even mentioning that Google has a reputation of fighting against MS Exchange. I think Microsoft is a head and shoulder above google in Office Suite Offering.

thealexweb said,
It could be true, but in reality both sides are picking up new contracts here and there from uses that don't want to use just desktop MS Office any more.
Or people who are ok with using a Bank Street Writer knockoff hosted in their web browser.

Seriously, Google Docs are terrible compared to Microsoft's offering. And considering Google lept ahead of Microsoft in this space (as in, MS wasn't even here not to long ago and Google bought web apps with nearly the feature set exposed today) it's shameful that Google hasn't stayed ahead.

Google said they were gonna take 95% of Microsoft office users....I wonder when that's going to happen. well I'm enjoying Microsoft office right now. I don't even think my boss will ever use anything other than office here at work.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
Google said they were gonna take 95% of Microsoft office users....I wonder when that's going to happen. well I'm enjoying Microsoft office right now. I don't even think my boss will ever use anything other than office here at work.

google doesn't have guts when it comes to office and workplace. I won't be surprised if they themselves get office 365 licenses, for their employee

Edited by trojan_market, Feb 15 2013, 4:00pm :

I am really disgusted with Microsoft's new licensing policy for Office 2013 (retail/perpetual) licenses. The first computer you install it on it is tied to forever. Its like they are forcing users to move to Office365. Thank goodness its not that detrimental to upgrade to the latest release. Both Office 2007/2010 are more than capable. Just a few days ago I received a Performa Invoice created in Word 2002 which shows how much of a competitor Microsoft has in older versions of Office.

Learn more about the licensing rules:
http://www.computerworld.com/s...onomyId=18&pageNumber=1

The licensing policy is great. I installed Office Professional on 5 PCs for $99 a year ($20 per device). That's a lot cheaper than buying copies at $399 a piece.

Suppose I only need Office on one computer? Anyway, I have MSDN, so, its not a biggie since I can load Pro Plus on all the PC's I personally own. But for family members, who don't have it, they will just be sticking with 2007/2010.

Enron said,
The licensing policy is great. I installed Office Professional on 5 PCs for $99 a year ($20 per device). That's a lot cheaper than buying copies at $399 a piece.

I think you missed his point: he was referring to the policy change about the boxed edition which, well buried of course, states that your installation is locked to the device; buy a new computer and you are screwed.
Also yes, the actual price of the subscription is good.... right now but reading the agreement it also states that you will be billed monthly, if you choose so, at the actual price of the subscription meaning that if they changed the price you will be billed accordingly. Bottom line: MS is really pushing the online model, basically leaving you with no alternatives, and for now the price is very convenient, in the future..... we will see...

Mr. Dee said,
Suppose I only need Office on one computer? Anyway, I have MSDN, so, its not a biggie since I can load Pro Plus on all the PC's I personally own. But for family members, who don't have it, they will just be sticking with 2007/2010.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16832416580
$219. If you're going to use that machine like a normal user, you'll have that machine for 3-4 years. If you're really crying about paying $6-5/m for a piece of productivity software you should just stick with free google docs.

Is it that hard for Neowin members to show respect for others? He wasn't "crying". He was expressing an opinion. If it doesn't match yours, so be it.

As far as Office, my documents are simple enough to be done in Google Drive. Others with more demanding needs will use what they choose to. Having options is good.

I'd be interested in finding out how much these state and local governments are spending on Office 365, being the taxpayer is footing the bill. Aren't there governments over in Europe using OpenOffice?

Edited by COKid, Feb 15 2013, 8:56pm :

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