Today, we are launching Microsoft Online Services in 19 countries worldwide. People in these countries can now try Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Communications Online, and next month, these services will be available for purchase.
As part of this news, we’re also announcing that GlaxoSmithKline has chosen Microsoft Online Services as their messaging and collaboration platform. GSK is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, and back in 2001, when GlaxoWelcome merged with SmithKline Beecham, the company standardized on Lotus Notes and Sametime. Now, they will be moving more than 100,000 employees to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Office Live Meeting, and in their recent quarterly call, they estimated that this move help them reduce costs by 30%.
You can read more about the decision process GlaxoSmithKline used in this guest blog by their VP of IT, Ingo Elfering. Ingo offers some great perspective on what businesses should consider when evaluating vendors and thinking about a move to the cloud.
If you are looking to move to Microsoft Online Services, visit www.microsoft.com/online to learn how.
Clint PattersonDirectorAnalyst Relations / Public Relations