VINCI Moves 183,000 Employees to Office 365

Another major win for Microsoft this week. VINCI, the world’s leading facilities management and construction group, recently replaced Google Apps for Business and two other collaborative working solutions with Microsoft Office 365. The company, which has 183,000 employees in 2,500 subsidiaries spread across 100 countries, wanted to create a social network that encouraged employee collaboration…

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Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 9/28/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Google Apps’ Terrible MistakeFor organizations that save to binary formats, “suddenly Google’s cloud productivity suite is a less compelling choice.” Microsoft Office 2013: Best New Features for the EnterpriseOffice 2013 includes a number of new and enhanced features…

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Real World with Cloud Services: Interview with Leandro Balbinot, Chief Information Officer, Lojas Renner

As part of the Real World with Cloud Services series, we spoke to Leandro Balbinot, Chief Information Officer at Lojas Renner, about why the company chose to switch from Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365. Here’s what he had to say: Q: Please tell us about Lojas Renner. Balbinot: Lojas Renner owns and operates 173…

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Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 9/21/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Microsoft Announces Office 2013 Prices and PackagingMicrosoft announces pricing and packaging details for Office 2013. Microsoft Cloud Partners See Increase in Office 365 CustomersMicrosoft cloud partners say the appeal of Microsoft Office 365 is growing as an alternative to on-premise…

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Google’s “Simple and Affordable” Siren Song

Google’s claim that Google Apps for Business is “simple and affordable” reminds me of the irresistible song of the Sirens in the Odyssey. It’s hard not to be swayed by low prices and bargains. Yet the reality is that many businesses lured by Google Apps promise of “simple and affordable” are finding that it’s a…

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SWI Software Helps More than 100 SMBs Switch to Office 365

Today’s guest blogger is Stuart Robertson, CEO of Software Wholesale International (SWI), a Microsoft Tier 3 cloud champion and a Microsoft licensing partner for the past decade. Based in Boulder County, Colorado, SWI is multi-million dollar volume software licensing business and a reseller of Microsoft Office 365. We’re seeing huge interest in the cloud among…

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Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 9/14/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Microsoft Earns Cloud Cred with Windows Server 2012The idea behind the private cloud is to package the advanced automation techniques pioneered by public cloud service providers so that you can “try this at home” with your own data…

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Google Apps: Productive Anywhere?

Five years is a long time. In five years, the British developed the 2012 Olympic Stadium. In five years, San Francisco built the Golden Gate Bridge. In five years, Apple released six generations of its iPhone. Five years is how long Google has been promising—but has yet to fully deliver—offline support for Google Apps. Despite…

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Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 9/7/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Microsoft’s New Enterprise Operating System Is Going To Be A Big HitWindows Server 2012, now officially available, is “destined to be a big hit.” ‘Microsoft Office 365 better than Google Apps’Unilog Content Solutions chooses Microsoft Office 365 over…

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Google Apps’ Collaboration Red Herring

In today’s workplace, a core competency for information workers is the ability to work together. As a result, we likely spend a lot of time in meetings. But we also spend a lot of time working independently—like doing the leg work to facilitate meetings or completing action items that result from those meetings. One study…

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