Microsoft Loves The Big Apple
Microsoft signed on the City that Never Sleeps in a cloud computing and license consolidation deal that could save New York City $50 million over five years.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and NYC Mayer Michael Bloomberg unveiled the partnership in a City Hall press conference in October. The five-year deal gives Microsoft the reins of New York City's IT infrastructure, which is utilized by more than 100,000 employees. The deal will standardize all of the city's agencies on Microsoft's platforms. The first wave of the rollout will move roughly 30,000 city employees to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) of cloud apps, which was recently rebranded as Office 365, while some employees will be moved to the Deskless Worker version of BPOS, which costs less per seat than the full BPOS suite.