Microsoft signs up New York state's 120,000 government workers for Office 365

Microsoft has been signing up more and more large businesses and governments to use their Office 365 productivity software service, including the cities of Chicago, Seattle and Kansas City and the state of Texas. Today, Microsoft announced one of their biggest Office 365 government contracts yet, this time with the state of New York.

Microsoft's blog announces that Office 365 will be used by 120,000 government employees in New York by the end of 2013. Microsoft said the government picked Office 365 for several reasons, including its offer of a unified platform for email, documents, calendars, contacts and more. Currently, the state uses 27 different email, word and data processing systems.

New York state agencies will also see their mailbox size increase to 25 GB with the move to Office 365, versus its previous limit of 500 MB, along with the means to access email and files from anywhere securely. The government says that taxpayers in that state will save $3 million per year in license fees, hardware, maintenance, energy, and personnel costs.

Microsoft recently announced that, on average, the uptime for Office 365 for its business and government customers was 99.965 percent in the last four quarters.

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All these fan boys. Grow up if Google didn't make docs Microsoft never would a made the move. You msft fan boys need to realise that innovation by your company is spent, you rely on others to do it. So Google will worry about the next big thing while you guys think o365 is the holy grail!!

Shahrad said,
All these fan boys. Grow up if Google didn't make docs Microsoft never would a made the move. You msft fan boys need to realise that innovation by your company is spent, you rely on others to do it. So Google will worry about the next big thing while you guys think o365 is the holy grail!!

What are you smoking? O365 IS superior to Google Docs in every way, and that's got nothing to do with being a "fan boy" (childish comment btw).

erm what are you smoking??? Where was Office 365 when Google Apps was hitting the businesses?
As usual spent enough billions of dollars and you SHOULD GET A BETTER APP, otherwise you as a software maker are finished!

And read my post, nowhere did I say Google Docs is better, I said as USUAL MSFT get their ideas off others. (childish comment you say, I say not enough attention paid to read the post from your behalf

google docs is done for. people are fleeing their dysfunctional web platform and flocking back to the more user friendly O365, plus given how google refuses to support MSFT platforms on any of their services, office is far more cross platform and the more open choice.

google: closed.
msft: open.

times have changed.

google continues to hurt itself by refusing to create native windows 8 apps for basic services like gmail and youtube...much less docs. google's loss is MSFT wins, and this is the result.

Many places are using Google Docs just fine and have no problem with it. Google Docs is as done for as Windows 8 is. In this case, no one ditched Google Docs...they didnt use it in the first place and chose 365.

Google isnt the only company not making native apps for Win8 and I doubt they are concerned or hurting. There are also many ways to use GMAIL in Win8 and last I heard, Google was working with MS on their Youtube app.

techbeck said,
In this case, no one ditched Google Docs..

In this case, no. However I recall several cases mentioned in articles recently where people DID ditch Google Docs. I don't recall many articles stating the opposite though.

TCLN Ryster said,

In this case, no. However I recall several cases mentioned in articles recently where people DID ditch Google Docs. I don't recall many articles stating the opposite though.

True...but I call that crappy decision making and a crap IT dept..if there was any IT input. Google Docs is suited for some businesses/users...but not a large enterprise. It just isnt there yet.

techbeck said,

True...but I call that crappy decision making and a crap IT dept..if there was any IT input. Google Docs is suited for some businesses/users...but not a large enterprise. It just isnt there yet.

So you mean google docs are better and productive than MS Offcie? Oh yeah, I heard the same thing every year " This year is going to be Linux"

nitins60 said,

So you mean google docs are better and productive than MS Offcie? Oh yeah, I heard the same thing every year " This year is going to be Linux"

Where did I say Google Docs is more productive or that it was going to be the year of Google Docs? I said for certain people/businesses, Google Docs would be better. Especially price wise since Google Docs is cheaper. Office 365 is great for more power users who need more advanced features...but if you need the basics, then Google Docs is better.

techbeck said,
...but if you need the basics, then Google Docs is better.

Says who? I beg to differ. The office products are far superior to Google Docs for ANY user. Microsoft offer multiple levels of package to cater for single individuals who just want the basics, all the way up to enterprises with hundreds of thousands of employees who want fully hosted email, collaboration tools as well as office software.

TCLN Ryster said,

Says who? I beg to differ. The office products are far superior to Google Docs for ANY user. Microsoft offer multiple levels of package to cater for single individuals who just want the basics, all the way up to enterprises with hundreds of thousands of employees who want fully hosted email, collaboration tools as well as office software.

Price wise google docs is better and these days where people need to save money, this would be the better choice. A small company wont need all the big enterprise tools and neither would the regular user.

Actually, since Weiner was originally a Member of Congress, he likely used either Android or iOS (depending on who made his phone, since the sexting was entirely phone-based, and Congress has Android and iOS, in addition to BB, among their supported smartphones - contracts with VZW/AT&T/Sprint).

Currently, the state uses 27 different email, word and data processing systems.

Really? No wonder things are so messed up. They should of changed things years ago. Sounds like a compatibility and support nightmare.

techbeck said,

Really? No wonder things are so messed up. They should of changed things years ago. Sounds like a compatibility and support nightmare.


Yeah, I love NY, but the government is a cluster-mess.

siah1214 said,

Yeah, I love NY, but the government is a cluster-mess.

As an ex-city employee of NY, I can agree. I was hired to update the Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Water Sewer database from a DOS based system to a Windows User Authenticated database back in 2001. What a nightmare importing their old data to the new one. Nothing was done correctly.

techbeck said,

Really? No wonder things are so messed up. They should of changed things years ago. Sounds like a compatibility and support nightmare.

I used to work in state gov't specifically supporting a centralized email system and this level of system disparity across state agencies is more normal than you'd think. And yes, it is a support nightmare for those states to deal with until they go through long and often drawn out process of centralizing everyone on a single system whether it be on-premises or service based.

scorp508 said,

I used to work in state gov't specifically supporting a centralized email system and this level of system disparity across state agencies is more normal than you'd think. And yes, it is a support nightmare for those states to deal with until they go through long and often drawn out process of centralizing everyone on a single system whether it be on-premises or service based.

I work for a company whose parent company covers 6 total divisions/different companies. Some are on different versions of Exchange/Outlook/Office. It is a PITA to deal with that let alone completely different platforms. We are going thru steps now to get everyone on the same software versions. But again, we are a multi division company with several thousand employees. I can only image the hell this would be in the state.

techbeck said,

Really? No wonder things are so messed up. They should of changed things years ago. Sounds like a compatibility and support nightmare.

Have course it is.

I honestly didn't know that many different systems still existed ...

smot said,

I honestly didn't know that many different systems still existed ...

In this kind of setting "different" can simply mean something like different Exchange organizations. So it might be the same software, but different isolated deployments of it.